But it all changed for war (MC)
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7 But it all changed for war;
I have spoken to people involved in Britain’s wars subsequently to WWII who have been very unhappy about what they did as conscript forces, such as in Palestine and against the Mau-Mau in Kenya 1951/4 (G. Lott). Since the beginning of the nuclear age USA has maintained overwhelming military supremacy over our major WWII Alie the Soviet Union, who then became the enemy. The “Military Industrial Complex”, coined by Dwight D Eisenhower, puts lots of money in the economy and employs people but is a high cost job creation scheme that keeps our countries very wealthy measured by GDP, is about manufacturing for war without producing anything much, but also requires war. The amount of death by war far exceeds anything in any century prior to the 20th.
Glassier, South Island, New Zealand 1987
Warning about Climate Change at the time pointed how this glassier had receded in the past half century.
In the 1980′s limited nuclear war was being planned for Europe, and first strike weapons were deployed. The clock of annihilation moved to within minutes to midnight in this war game, but eventually for the first time since 1814, when battleships were withdrawn from the Canadian Great Lakes, a weapon system Ground launched Cruise Missiles were withdrawn and decommissioned. This came about by the effort of peace movement, those cruise missiles flying off in the wrong direction when tested publicly in Canada, And Ronald Reagan saying on microphone, supposedly inadvertently, “I have outlawed the Soviet Union the bombing starts tomorrow”. The military computer model which predicted Nuclear Winter would come about if a very small proportion of the total number of nuclear weapons were detonated. That model when applied to human activity was called TTAPS, and predicted climate change. Earl Mountbatten warned us in 1979 to draw back from the nuclear brink was somewhat headed a decade latter in that the language changed.
"A Crime Against Peace” – NETLAP Briefing - would be the modern equivalent of the laws used to convict Nazi in the Nuremberg Trials but those laws (which were not Victors law) were not ratified or renewed by parliament and therefore could not be applied now, I understand.
"Military-Industrial Complex” was coined by Dwight Eisenhower (his 1961 farewell speech). He had been the top US commander in WW2 but was warning the American people about the military and industry being in collusion to create endless war.http://militaryindustrialcomplex.com/
For the first time since Battleships were withdrawn from the Canadian Great Lakes, a weapon system Ground launched Cruise Missiles were withdrawn and decommissioned – Dan Plesh of BASIC (1989 or 1990) talk to Tunbridge Wells CND.
The opening lines of: Earl Mountbatten’s presentation of the Louis Weiss Foundation Peace Prize to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), at Strasbourg on 11th May 1979.Do the frightening facts about the arms race, which show that we are rushing headlong towards a precipice, make any of those responsible for this disastrous course pull themselves together and reach for the brakes? The answer is “no” and I only wish that I could be the bearer of glad tidings that there has been a change of attitude and we are beginning to see a steady rate of disarmament. Alas, that is not the case.
Soon after the Soviet Union fell The Chevaline uprating of the UK Polaris submarine fleet 1995-ish increase its capability to achieve first strike (completely destroy target missiles in their silos). The Trident replacement followed very shortly after that (1996) which has nearly 160 warheads. When interviewed for Radio 4′s document programme on 14/03/2011 Lord’s Healey and Owen who were Chancellor of the Exchequer and Foreign Office minister respectively 1974-1979 said they were not told of the Chevaline project by civil servants and described there action as “like treason” and there wish to save that project “well sod them”. The currently warheads themselves have lower yield, but because of there greater accuracy they are an escalation in capability not the peace dividend expected, or reduction UK /USA, the owners of the weapon system, promised by the Non-Prolfieration Treaty to everyone. Lord Healey’s view is that if he had know of the submarine project, he regretted not finding out it, it would have been divisive for the government but the project would have been stopped.
Guardian ICM poll of July 2009 says majority (54%) of people don’t believe that nuclear weapon system [Trident] should be replaced, or should we have any Nuclear deterrent. Verses 42% who do believe. In the 1980′s more than 50% of engineers were employed in military directly or indirectly a higher than the US or anywhere else.UK Polaris submarine warhead each had a 60% chance of destroy target missiles in there silos
In May 1984 CND’s magazine Sanity published a list of 135 US military bases in the UK, these were 25 Bases, 35 Minor, 75 Facilities
Chevaline uprating of the UK Polaris submarine warheads so that each one has a 99% chance destroy target missiles in there silos,The Trident replacement, which followed very shortly after the Chevaline improvement of Polaris has nearly 160 warheads shared among up to 16 rockets on each submarine. The warheads themselves have lower yield, but because of there greater accuracy are similarly vitally certain to destroy missiles target in there silos.
OFSTEAD report Army, Navy, RAF, drop out rate of 45%. Too may applicants are being recruited who are physically, physiologically immature and ill prepared for army service. Some recruits can not read a menu. (Peace News 9/2009)
The war time spirit that brought classes together came about because a rich man could one day be dug out of a bombed building by a working class man or visa-versa has been forgoten (J Lohmann).
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