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Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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I grew up in a military family and joined the Air Force in 1971 during the Vietnam War. It was there that I became a peace activist.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

THAAD - Missile Offense System



On January 20 the Task Force to Stop THAAD in Korea and Militarism in Asia and the Pacific participated in the anti-Trump rally organized by the ANSWER Coalition in Washington DC

Will Griffin from Veterans For Peace speaks first about 'missile defense' in the video.

The Pentagon's so-called missile defense (MD) system is directed by the Redstone Arsenal based in Huntsville, Alabama.  The THAAD (Theatre High Altitude Area Defense) program is built in Alabama as are many of the other US MD programs.  Huntsville is often called the Pentagon of the South.

The Global Network will hold its 25th annual space organizing conference in Huntsville on April 7-9 and will feature missile defense and other space weapons programs during the event.  The conference brochure is available here

MD is actually an extremely provocative program as it gives one side an advantage over the other during a nuclear exchange and was outlawed for many years under the US-Russia Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty.

When George W. Bush took office in 2001 he pulled the US out of the ABM Treaty and since that time Pentagon research, development, testing and deployments of MD have been on steroids.  In particular the US is encircling Russia and China with MD systems based on land and at sea.


MD is the shield that would pick-off nuclear retaliatory launches after a US first-strike attack on Russia or China giving the Pentagon a 'successful' first-strike.  Each year at the US Space Command they computer war game such a US first-strike against Russia and China.

As a result of flourishing US MD deployments around the world Russia and China have repeatedly stated that they cannot afford to reduce their nuclear retaliatory capability.  Thus real nuclear disarmament negotiations have ground to a halt and will not be restarted as long as the US continues to position MD near the Russian and Chinese borders.

Bruce

1 Comments:

Blogger Mary Roeder said...

More Americans and people around the world need to know about this. It has always been the U.S. that has reneged on nuclear disarmament treaties. The US MD deployments spark intimidation and escalation of arms, not peace and coexistence. NATO does the same. Thank you for this informative post about a harsh reality that many people refuse to wise up to. -Mary Roeder

1/28/17, 8:01 PM  

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