Thursday, November 28, 2019

Peacekeeping And Espionage

This is the nosecone of an Avro Arrow, a Canadian designed and built interceptor fighter. The program for building these was, unfortunately and short-sightedly, terminated by the Diefenbaker government in 1959.


While Canada remained embroiled in the Cold War as part of NATO, our government also pursued peacekeeping as a military initiative. Lester Pearson, one of our greatest prime ministers, would first propose the idea of using soldiers in that capacity, and the Canadian military has been involved in multiple peacekeeping missions in far reaches of the world.


The roles of spies and counterintelligence in the Cold War period are explored extensively in this area with panels, artifacts, and interactive displays.


31 comments:

  1. Interesting exhibition - and a bit of a contradiction in terms.

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  2. Peacekeeping ! That word is a joke !

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  3. Peace(keeping) sounds wonderful. But maybe yes. A "joke"?
    This is what it should be like...

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  4. Entramos numa ala da exposição mais moderna.
    Um abraço e continuação de uma boa semana.

    Andarilhar
    Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
    O prazer dos livros

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  5. Peacekeeping, is a nice thought! I wish there was peace in the world. Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy weekend ahead.

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  6. ...and espionage is still a way of life.

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  7. I found a postcard in a local antique store of Chateau Laurier and the National War Memorial. I'm trying to see if there is a way to upload the picture I took of it. I thought of your recent posts immediately when I saw it.

    Janis

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  8. And then there are the double agents 😱 Espionage can be complicated, even today I'm sure.

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  9. The Avro Arrow will remain a controversial part of Canadian history forever, the facts often being muddied with with an almost folkloric atmosphere, bias, and selective memory. It will remain the biggest stain on Diefenbaker's tenure as PM; simply the biggest, but one of many.

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  10. It's a pity peace keeping isn't always very peaceful.

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  11. Very interesting. I never heard of the Avro Arrow, so thanks for telling me about it.

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  12. If only peace keeping can really ensure peace.

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  13. The Avro Arrow was a big thing in my family - several uncles worked at Avro and lost jobs after the cancellation.

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  14. I've always been very proud of our peace keeping role. I think it's a great example of how to keep peace in the world.

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  15. I’d love to see the Avro Arrow exhibit.

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  16. Hey, sorry to hear about the fire you endured. I'm glad you were safe and sound in spite of it.

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  17. @Lady Fi: pretty much.

    @Gattina: at times, anyway.

    @Iris: it was a good idea.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Eileen: thanks.

    @Tom: it is, yes.

    @Janis: you can scan it.

    @Grace: quite true.

    @David: that's true.

    @Jan: that's the case.

    @DJan: it should have been allowed to proceed.

    @Nancy: if only indeed.

    @RedPat: that would make it last in your family.

    @Red: I agree.

    @Marie: it's fascinating to see- here and at the Aviation Museum.

    @Sharon: that was something I would prefer to never go through again.

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  18. Scout car looks like it could be useful on our I-95. ;-)

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  19. It's quite a bone of contention for many.

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  20. what an interesting driving machine!! one more day and then the weekend!! ( ;

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  21. Hoping the the peacekeepers come out more and help stop ongoing wars around the world.War is horrific for all countries involved.

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  22. @Revrunner: I can see that.

    @Jennifer: it would be.

    @Beth: thank you.

    @Gemel: that's true.

    @Bill: I like it.

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  23. Wonderful post about peacekeeper efforts ~ otherwise we just see the end of the world ~

    Happy Moments to You,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  24. Glad to know that soldiers are considered peace keepers.

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  25. Our peacekeepers should be revered.

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  26. All peacekeepers should be revered...

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  27. The first picture is very elegant.

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  28. I find the cold war era fascinating!

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  29. … oh, to have peace in the world.

    All the best Jan

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  30. What a comprehensive museum, William. And that great dream of peace.

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