Canada: Defensive Gap

Ever since Canada joined the U.S. in NORAD for air defense of the North American continent, one of the liveliest debates up north (though largely unheard down in the U.S.) has been the question of whether there should be nuclear weapons on Canadian soil. Canadian and U.S. airmen consider it vital to equip Canadian interceptors with nuclear-tipped air-to-air rockets, even more important to arm U.S.-supplied Bomarc antiaircraft missiles with atomic warheads. The latest Gallup poll on the subject shows that 61% of Canada's citizens agree. But Canadian External Affairs Secretary Howard Green, a staunch advocate of disarmament at the U.N.,...

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