Donald Trump helps military-industrial complex

This video from the USA says about itself:

7 September 2016

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump outlined his plans for a major increase in defense spending at a speech at the Union League in Philadelphia.

NATO boss Stoltenberg agrees with Trump that defense war expenditure should increase: here. So does Belgian Prime Minister Michel; advocating a European Union army.

Translated from Tomas Vanheste of Dutch site De Correspondent, 11 November 2016:

Trump’s victory, a celebration for the men of the ‘defense’ industry

His name was said zero times, but his spirit is everywhere. Today in Brussels, representatives of the arms industry and European policy makers gathered for a session of foot sex at the annual conference of the European Defence Agency.

After the election of Donald Trump the share prices of defense companies went through the roof worldwide. And here you can feel the excitement. This is the opportunity for Europe to stand militarily on its own two feet, you can hear the assembled generals, arms manufacturers, politicians and officials think.

“We are at a decisive crossroads on the path to a stronger European defense,” says Federica Mogherini, the High Representative for EU Foreign Affairs. In the background we see a picture of several attack helicopters in a dark, magical landscape.

It fits perfectly with the visual language of the day: defense is presented here as a high-tech and heroic craft. The issue is whether we stand for a third industrial revolution in the defense field. The buzzword of the conference is innovation. In the audience there are almost exclusively men.

She wants Europe to “cooperate in the field of security and defense as a true Union, the full potential of a superpower.” …

The hashtag for the conference should be “Make Europe Great Again“, someone writes ironically on Twitter. …

A representative of the German Ministry of Defence states proudly that the defense budget will go up from 34 billion in 2016 to 40 billion in 2020, and the number of soldiers will be increased from 170,000 to 193,000. “We’re going to play in the premier league.” …

Questions that are not asked here

That we desperately need new weapons technology is something that everyone has tacitly agreed on today.

The assumption is that this contributes to a safer world.

That is very doubtful. One of the latest technological innovations is the drone. Meaning we can take out terrorists safely at a distance. Only it turns out that in those “precision action” attacks shockingly often there are civilian casualties. Which in turn breed new terrorists. …

Another question raised barely on this joyful day for the European defense industry is whether a European military superstate really is what the citizens want. You would think that European policymakers after the overwhelming vote against the status quo and against the elite in the US might think again whether their dreams reflect the deepest wishes of European citizens. But this cozy gathering of the military elite, industry and policy makers in Brussels mainly reinforce the view that the EU is for business and the powers that be, not for the people.

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  23. Niet nog meer wapens voor Europa!

    Picketline Stop Wapenhandel bij netwerkbijeenkomst wapenindustrie en Europese krijgsmachten
    Woensdag 15 februari – 8.30 uur – Hotel NH, Van Leijenberghlaan 221, Amsterdam

    Op 15, 16 en 17 februari komen vertegenwoordigers van de wapenindustrie, Europese krijgsmachten en de NAVO naar Amsterdam om te praten over het efficiënt regelen van bewapening, het Europese wapenexportbeleid en nieuwe EU-financiering voor militair onderzoek.

    Oplopende spanningen tussen het Westen en Rusland en angst voor terroristische aanslagen in Europa hebben de afgelopen jaren de lobby voor meer wapens de wind in de rug gegeven. Maar meer wapens maken Europa niet veiliger. De totale militaire uitgaven van de EU-lidstaten
    gezamenlijk ($241 miljard) zijn nu al veel hoger dan die van Rusland ($66 miljard). Het defensiebudget van de EU-landen samen is het op één na grootste ter wereld, na de Verenigde Staten.

    Meer wapens gaan geen vrede en veiligheid brengen, maar spanningen verder opvoeren. De recente praktijk laat bovendien zien dat Europese landen wapens vooral voor militaire interventies buiten Europa inzetten. Vaak met desastreuze gevolgen, denk aan de bombardementen op Libië, die
    het land verder een burgeroorlog inleidden. Voor de rest van de wereld betekent meer Europese bewapening vooral een grotere dreiging.

    Een nieuwe wapenwedloop onttrekt geld aan belangrijke uitgaven voor bijvoorbeeld onderwijs, duurzaamheid, conflictpreventie en ontwikkelingssamenwerking. Zaken die wel bijdragen aan een vreedzamere en veiligere wereld.

    Een bijeenkomst waar de wapenindustrie en krijgsmachten hun banden verder aanhalen en praten over meer uitgaven voor wapens is een stap verder de verkeerde kant op. Stop Wapenhandel wil daarom protesteren: niet meer geld voor de wapenindustrie, maar geld voor sociale en duurzame uitgaven.

    Landen verhogen hun militaire budgetten, en ook de EU als zodanig heeft grootse nieuwe plannen. De komende jaren gaan er miljoenen naar een pilot voor wapenonderzoek, vanaf 2021 moet hiervoor een half miljard per jaar beschikbaar komen. Daarnaast moet er een EU Defensie capaciteitenfonds komen met een budget van maar liefst 5 miljard euro per jaar.

    Op de ‘European Defence procurement’-bijeenkomst komen sprekers van de NAVO, van de European External Action Service, van de wapenindustrie en veel aankoopverantwoordelijken van EU- en NAVO-krijgsmachten. De bijeenkomst wordt ondersteund door de NIDV, de koepelorganisatie van de Nederlandse wapenindustrie, en door UkrOboronProm, de Oekraïense koepel van wapenindustrie. Een prominente plek voor deze organisatie op een NAVO- en EU bewapeningsbijeenkomst is niet bepaald een vertrouwenwekkende stap richting Rusland.

    Stop Wapenhandel organiseert een picketline voor de deur van het Hotel NH Amsterdam Zuid (Van Leijenberghlaan 221) waar de ‘European Defence Procurement’-bijeenkomst plaatsvindt, op het moment dat de deelnemers aankomen: woensdag 15 februari, 8.30 uur. Kom ook en sluit je aan!

    Bron: De Vredeslijst 25-01-2017


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