Guam people against Trump’s Korea nuclear warmongering


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US military to strengthen presence in Guam

21 June 2013

With Washington refocusing its forces to the Asia-Pacific region, the US Naval Base on the small island of Guam is preparing for the arrival of 5,000 more troops and their dependents.

The goal is to turn Guam, an unincorporated territory of the US in the western Pacific Ocean, into a regional security hub by integrating the US air force and navy.

The move is seen as a bid to counter what are perceived by the US and its allies as challenges to the freedom and security of the region.

However, many of the locals feel there are other ways their island can prosper, and that growth should not happen at any cost, particularly at the expense of their environment.

Al Jazeera’s Marga Ortigas reports from Guam.

From news.com.au in Australia (right-wing, Rupert Murdoch-owned):

Trump hasn’t a clue where Guam is’: Locals terrified they’ll be ‘blown to smithereens’ as North Korea tensions ramp up

August 9, 201710:22pm

Emma Reynolds and wires

DONALD Trump is using Guam as a pawn in his stand-off with North Korea without even knowing where the US territory is, say terrified locals. …

Residents of the 550 square-kilometre territory, home to several US military bases, turned on Mr Trump as they contemplated the dire warning from North Korea.

“We’ll be blown to smithereens!” wrote former teacher Eileen Benavente-Blas on a community Facebook page. “Trump hasn’t a clue where Guam is as he tweets our island into the nuclear hands of N. Korea.”

In response to a query from news.com.au, Guamanian Milan Salas added: “Tell the world Guam (we) are a pawn of war. Collateral damage and victims every day from two spoiled rotten man child leaders Trump and Kim … Kim Jung [sic] wants to kill us with his ICBM [intercontinental ballistic missiles] because of our ties as a territory to the USA … USA wants to drown our livelihood with despair from over-militarisation that will hurt our ecosystem … we are a cheese bait for NK.

“The Chamorro [indigenous] people have no true voice from everyday tyrants. Is there really true freedom, that I cannot vote for the POTUS who imposes his constitutional rights on me and strategically uses my home for military purposes as a target for the Asia-Pacific region?

“Where is our voice in all this?”

International experts have joined in the criticism of the President’s “unhinged” verbal assault, which goes well beyond repeated warnings from the US military this year that action against North Korea is an option.

“Trying to out-threaten North Korea is like trying to out-pray the Pope,” tweeted John Delury from Seoul’s Yonsei University.

Security commentator Ankit Panda called Mr Trump’s comments “dangerous and unusual”, while Congressman Eliot Engel, Democratic senior member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, chastised the President for drawing an “absurd” red line that Kim would inevitably cross.

“North Korea is a real threat, but the President’s unhinged reaction suggests he might consider using American nuclear weapons in response to a nasty comment from a North Korean despot,” Mr Engel said in a statement.

“North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States,” said the President, speaking from his golf club in New Jersey. “They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”

With a population of 160,000 people, Guam is home to 6000 US troops at the Naval Base Guam and Andersen Air Force Base. Its tropical climate has also made it popular with tourists, although a direct twice-weekly flight from Cairns that carried mainly tourists was discontinued in 2015.

The Micronesian island, situated less than 3000km north of Australia and around 3400km southeast of Pyongyang, is the westernmost US territory, captured from Spain in 1898 during the Spanish-American War.

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    posted by James Tweedie in World

    City mayor slams nuclear countries on anniversary

    THE mayor of Nagasaki marked yesterday’s 72nd anniversary of the US atomic bombing of his city by warning that the threat of nuclear war is growing.

    Tomihisa Taue voiced his fears at the annual memorial service for the 70,000 victims of the August 9 1945 attack, three days after the Hiroshima bombing that killed 140,000 people.

    The crowd in the Japanese city’s Peace Park observed a minute’s silence at 11.02 am, the exact time when the “Fat Man” plutonium bomb detonated.

    “The international situation surrounding nuclear weapons is becoming increasingly tense,” Mr Taue told the gathering.

    “A strong sense of anxiety is spreading across the globe that, in the not too distant future, these weapons could actually be used again.”

    Mr Taue condemned the nuclear powers — now numbering nine — for their failure to achieve nuclear disarmament decades after the end of the cold war.

    “The nuclear threat will not end as long as nations continue to claim that nuclear weapons are essential for their national security,” he said.

    The mayor also sharply criticised Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government for what he said were its empty promises about working to achieve a nuclear-free world.

    He stressed that Japan’s absence from the United Nations negotiations that led the landmark Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, adopted in July, is “incomprehensible to those of us living in the cities that suffered atomic bombings.”

    None of the nuclear-armed powers have ratified the pact.

    The mayor praised the atomic bombing survivors, or “hibakusha,” for their lifelong devotion to the effort to rid the world of such weapons.

    He urged Tokyo to change its policy of reliance on the US nuclear umbrella and sign the treaty banning them as soon as possible.

    Mr Abe delivered a near-identical speech to that he had given in Hiroshima on Sunday, claiming to be committed to “realising a world without nuclear weapons.”

    One of the hibakusha, 88-year-old Yoshitoshi Fukahori, said: “Nuclear weapons are incompatible with mankind.” His sister was killed in the city’s annihilation.

    He said that as he rushed home the morning after the bombing, the shocking view from the hilltop — his hometown flattened and the landmark Catholic church on fire — had made him burst into tears.

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-ba31-72-years-since-Nagasaki-and-the-nuke-threat-grows-sharper#.WY3sn1FpwdU

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