Anti-war activists are up in arms that the NATO general who oversaw last spring's bombing of the former Yugoslavia is slated to get an award from Governor-General Adrienne Clarkson.
Despite a relentless air campaign that killed innumerable civilians and resulted in the displacement of hundreds of thousands, U.S. general Wesley Clark will receive Canada's Meritorious Service Cross.
Toronto Action for Social Change is outraged that Clarkson is "applauding terror from the skies" and "the fighting of nuclear wars against civilians," a reference to the depleted-uranium-laced ammo used by NATO.
TASC's Matthew Behrens says it's ironic, since Canada is a signatory to a nuclear non-proliferation treaty. The group wants Canadians to write or phone the G-G in protest.
Clarkson spokesperson Genevieve Bouchard, says award recipients are recommended by a military advisory committee. However, their discussions are confidential.