Saturday, 9 October 2010

Dr Strangelove is alive and kicking -- the weaponization of space

"The exploration and use of outer space....shall be for peaceful purposes and be carried out for the benefit and in the interest of all countries, irrespective of their degree of economic or scientific development... prevention of an arms race in outer space would avert a grave danger for international peace and security." -- UN General Assembly's Prevention of an Arms Race in Outer Space Resolution A/55/32 of 3 Jan 2001. US militarization of space flouts the UN resolution.

Pax Americana (2009) feature doc by Denis Delestrac, premiered on CBC-TC Apr 2010 as Masters of Space, (disponible en français: Pax Americana ou la conquête militaire de l'espace). The cost of these real-life Star Wars: $200 billion and counting. A defense analyst calls missile defence the "longest running fraud" in US history. It is missile offence. One of 'Dubya' Bush's first acts was to scuttle the ABM treaty. Pentagon spokesmen tell us clearly they want military, not moral, high ground. Their aim is world dominance in defense of American corporate interests, possible first strikes -- and feel "sorry for any one who challenges us". USAF weapons experts and military chaplains cheerlead for the "just wars" to come. Charlie Sheen, Noam Chomsky, Helen Caldicott and others (pacifists, scientists, politicos, diplomats) point out that the system is playing with the lives of your grandchildren.
See also the update in World Can't Wait, Star Wars analyses by Helen Caldecott. Wikipedia on the 1964 movie Dr Strangelove.

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