Misguided Missiles: Canada, the Cruise and Star Wars


234 pages
ISBN 0-88862-699-1




Reviewed by Kenneth M. Glazier

Kenneth M. Glazier was Chief Librarian Emeritus at the University of Calgary, Alberta.


“Star wars” has already entered our common vocabulary and, more pertinently, it has become an integral part of the whole economic and social fabric of mankind. Of the unknown billions that will be spent on research and development, not only in the United States but in many countries including Canada, there will be corresponding billions that will not be spent on education, medical care, and social programs for all who wait in need of a better life. It is a part of the madness of the modern world that we are even considering the final consequences of the technological and military struggle for supremacy.

Simon Rosenblum is co-editor of Canada and the Nuclear Arms Race. In Misguided Missiles, Rosenblum shows how the new weapons systems are dubious propositions even on their own terms — technically, economically, and strategically. He has done his research and presents his arguments with clarity and a zeal for the cause he represents. He maintains that in the arms race it is the Pentagon and defense industry machinations, rather than security needs, that explain the rise of both the Cruise and “star wars.”

Canadians are divided over whether to participate in the development and use of these new weapons. Supporters of new weapons point to the economic benefits for Canada, but now Canadians are becoming more aware of the consequences of the arms race for the future — or lack of a future — for all mankind. Well worth reading and pondering.


Rosenblum, Simon, “Misguided Missiles: Canada, the Cruise and Star Wars,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed July 20, 2024, https://cbra.library.utoronto.ca/items/show/36328.