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In Defence of Canada-Indochina: Roots of Complicity
In Defence of Canada-Indochina: Roots of Complicity
By James Eayrs
University of Toronto Press, 1983, 348 pp

This fifth volume of James Eayrs' magisterial study of Canadian external affairs since World War I concerns Canada's participation, along with India and Poland, in the International Commissions for Supervision and Control in Vietnam, Kampuchea and Laos in 1954-1957. Eayrs shows how Canadians were caught between the ideal of the ICSC as instruments of impartial peacekeeping and the impulse to assist the U.S. in waging the cold war, even when that meant condoning blatant violations of the Geneva Acccords. The impulse prevailed; hence the "complicity." Here is an important contribution to the history of the Vietnam story, with copious documentation from Canadian archives.