Rushing to Armageddon

The Shocking Truth about Canada, Missile Defence, and Star Wars

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Canadian nationalist Mel Hurtig exposes Paul Martin’s secret commitment to George W. Bush’s weaponizing of space.

Mel Hurtig has five best-sellers to his credit but this is easily his most important book. Readers will be shocked to learn how both the American and Canadian governments are intentionally misleading their citizens about the Pentagon's unprecedented plans to weaponize space; about the huge new Russian and Chinese nuclear missile buildup resulting from U.S. Star Wars plans; about the destruction of vitally important, long-standing arms control agreements; and about the rapidly increasing danger of a nuclear apocalypse.

Among the topics covered are why the so-called U.S. missile “defence”system is really about establishing a U.S. first-strike-from-space capability; why both Paul Martin’s government and Stephen Harper's Conservatives want to join in George W. Bush’s dangerous program; how numerous official U.S. documents reveal their plans to “dominate space” and place deadly lasers and nuclear weapons in space; how today’s nuclear weapons are up to 350 times more powerful than the bombs that devastated Hiroshima and Nagasaki; how the missile “defence” plans will mean the placement of missiles on Canadian soil making Canada much less secure.

Hurtig provides remarkable and often devastating new information that will shock, anger, and appall readers. This is a book that every Canadian must read before Ottawa becomes an active partner in a tragic and potentially cataclysmic blunder.


In May 2003, when Mary Lou Finlay questioned Pratt on the CBC radio program As It Happens, and when she suggested that Canada’s participation would undermine decades of our work for nuclear disarmament and set off a potentially deadly new arms race, Pratt said:

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“A powerful and devastating critique of the planned U.S. missile defence system and Canada’s possible participation in it, and also of the duplicity of governments, including our own, in their statements on the issue.… Mel’s book is shocking – and factual.”
–Senator Douglas Roche, O.C.[Senator Roche has been Canada’s Ambassador for Disarmament and Chairman of the U.N. Disarmament Committee. He is Chairman of the Middle Powers Initiative (working at the U.N. on the nuclear weapons issue).]

“Read Mel Hurtig's powerful new book on the folly of missile defence, then tell your friends to read it.”
–John Polanyi, Nobel Laureate, long-time commentator on missile defence.