New Humanist

U.S. radar base in the Czech Republic as part of the Missile Defense Shield

The plan to install a U.S. radar base in the Czech Republic as part of the Missile Defense Shield, (a recycled version of President Reagan’s “Star Wars”), is a danger to Europe and to all the world. Nuclear weapons are the greatest immediate danger facing humanity, especially within the current situation that is so unstable, in which a small accident or provocation could set off a catastrophic escalation. This plan escalates international tensions and increases the danger of nuclear weapons being used.

Though Missile Defense is presented as a shield against the threat of missile attacks from Iran or North Korea, it is widely understood by tactical analysts (including the major Pentagon-affiliated research agency, the Rand Corporation) as a first strike weapon that would allow the U.S. to start a nuclear attack against any country in the world. It is also the first step towards gaining military control of space.

A large majority of Czech citizens oppose the plan yet the leadership of the Czech government has pursued it; despite protests, petitions with more than 200,000 signatures, and repeated attempts to promote a reasonable dialogue over a period of two years.

On May 13, two courageous Czech humanists, Jan Tamas and Jan Bednar, began a hunger strike to ask that the will of two-thirds of the Czech population be respected. Their just and simple demand is that the matter of installing a U.S. military base on Czech territory be submitted to a referendum

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