Sunday, August 05, 2007
THE ONE-WOMAN CAMPAIGN AGAINST A NEW COLD WAR
Aug 5 2007
by Phil Doherty, Sunday Sun
CAMPAIGNER Helen John has set up a one-woman peace camp outside a North RAF base after it was revealed it will be part of the controversial US National Defence Missile Programme.
Helen John, 70, began her lonely vigil outside RAF Fylingdales, North Yorkshire, which, along with nearby RAF Menwith Hill, will be part of the scheme dubbed “Son of Star Wars”.
The US said it is to protect America and its European allies from missile attack by rogue states such as Iran and North Korea.
However, some fear the real target is Russia as relations between it and the West have deteriorated to the extent that the spectre of a new Cold War has emerged.
This would once again make both Fylingdales and Menwith Hill a strategic target as they were in the first Cold War.
Helen, from Harrogate, North Yorkshire, claimed: “The National Missile Defence shield is the United States’ ultimate first-strike weapon. They want this shield so that no one will be able to attack, while they’ll be able to strike at anyone else.
“As part of this shield they will have to weaponise space, which goes against existing treaties.
“The Russians will be targeted and, in truth, this is directed towards them because it’s about the US having full-spectrum military dominance over the planet. Fylingdales and Menwith Hill are the eyes and ears of the US fighting machine and, although the UK Government insists it has control of the bases, this is a blatant lie.
“This is already starting a new arms race. China has been blowing satellites out of space and the Russians are once again targeting Europe with nuclear weapons.”
The system is linked across the world to other listening bases in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and United States.
Fylingdales and Menwith Hill are being used to provide early warning of any potential missile launch from hostile soil.
Helen said: “So far, it has just been me at the base. But it’s the power of one and the last thing they want to see outside the base is my banners and me. They prefer for me just to go away . . . but I won’t.”
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