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The collapsing US military & economic empire is making Washington & NATO even more dangerous. US could not beat the Taliban but thinks it can take on China-Russia-Iran...a sign of psychopathology for sure.

Friday, March 30, 2012

PAC-3 TO BE DEPLOYED IN OKINAWA

I've written many times about the Pentagon's plan to surround Russia and China with so-called "missile defense" systems - what many are rightly calling missile offense.

In the Asia-Pacific the U.S. and its allies have been deploying two basic MD systems. One is the SM-3 interceptor missile that is on-board the Navy Aegis destroyer. These ships are being ported in Japan, South Korea, Australia and visiting other nations in the region. The Navy base on Jeju Island would be a port-of-call for these ships. Jeju is just 300 miles from the coast of China.

The other version of MD that the U.S. has been deploying in the region is PAC-3 (Patriot 3rd generation). These systems are now being deployed in Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan.

All of these systems are being used to surround China's coastal region and are unmistakeably key elements in U.S. first-strike attack planning.

The latest news is that PAC-3 will next be plunked down on the island of Okinawa which is already overflowing with U.S. military bases against the will of the people.

The Japanese government is using the possible "threat" from North Korea as an excuse to expand the PAC-3 deployments into Okinawa. I don't believe it. The U.S. and Japan always use North Korea as the reason for their encirclement of China - just like the Pentagon uses the phony Iran threat to justify their "missile defense" encirclement of Russia. By now we should all realize that the military industrial complex are habitual liars.

Activists in Japan report:

The latest news says PAC-3 are to get ready in two places in Okinawa mainland including Naha, and the other islands of Okinawa (Ishigaki, Miyako, Yaejimai).
Some Okinawan citizens are angry, of course. And as for the mainland of Japan, three places including Ichigaya Self Defense Forces (SDF) station in Tokyo.

Currently (that is, in this missile crisis), Japan's SDF's MD troops are under the command of the U.S. MD troops. So the present deployment of PAC-3s and SM-3s must be based on U.S. MD system strategy.

Another rumor has it that this heavy deployment of PAC-3 in Okinawa are to make Okinawa (the mainland and nearby small islands) a permanent and integrated military base.

Okinawan peace activists will hold a rally today against deployments of PAC-3.

It is also reported here that the U.S. is demanding more money of Japanese government to pay costs for its relocation budget of some forces from Okinawa to Guam.

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