In 2010, the people of Guam are bracing themselves for a cataclysmic round of militarization
with virtually no parallel in recent history. Set to formally begin this year, the military buildup
comes on the heels of a decision by the United States to aggrandize its military posture in the
At the center of the US military realignment schema is the hotly contested
agreement between the United States and Japan to relocate thousands of US Marines from
Okinawa to Guam.
This portentous development, which is linked to the United States’
perception of China as a security threat, ( Most Favored Nation (MFN) status was granted to
the People's Republic of China (PRC) in 1979 and has been renewed on a yearly basis
ever since. ) www.apfn.org...
bodes great harm to the people and environment of Guam yet remains virtually unknown to
Americans and the rest of the international community
53 % of American tax dollars , are spent by the military .
Navy officials have outlined their plans to build a Marine Corps base in Guam and
expeditionary field training sites on the nearby island of Tinian, measures meant to support
the relocation of 8,600 Marines from Okinawa beginning in 2014.
In addition to the 8,600 Marines, 9,000 family members and about 1,800 Defense Department
civilian workers would make the move, which is expected to be complete by 2020. The Corps’
biggest project will be construction of a new base covering 2,500 acres. It would include
headquarters offices, unit spaces and supply warehouses, as well as barracks, family housing
and day care• The planned move of 8,600 Marines from Okinawa to Guam is expected to cost
$13 billion by the time it is complete in 2020.
• The Japanese government would provide up to $6 billion as part of cost-sharing agreement.
• Guam’s current population is 178,000.
• The U.S. military footprint there now is about 15,000.[atsimg]• By 2020 it’s expected to be 39,000.
The extensive global operations of the US military (wars, interventions, and secret operations
on over one thousand bases around the world and six thousand facilities in the United States)
are not counted against US greenhouse gas limits. Sara Flounders writes, “By every measure,
the Pentagon is the largest institutional user of petroleum products and energy in general. Yet
the Pentagon has a blanket exemption in all international climate agreements.”
As it stands, the Department of Defense is the largest polluter in the world, producing more
hazardous waste than the five largest US chemical companies combined. Depleted uranium,
petroleum, oil, pesticides, defoliant agents such as Agent Orange, and lead, along with vast
amounts of radiation from weaponry produced, tested, and used, are just some of the pollutants
with which the US military is contaminating the environment
In Guam , Chamoru civil rights attorney Julian Aguon warns that this military operation will
bring irreversible social and environmental consequences to Guam. As an unincorporated
territory , or colony, and of the US, the people of Guam have no right to self-determination ,
and no governmental means to oppose an unpopular and destructive occupation.
Between 1946 and 1958, the US dropped more than sixty nuclear weapons on the people of
the Marshall Islands. The Chamoru people of Guam, being so close and downwind, still
experience an alarmingly high rate of related cancer.
In terms of adverse impact, these developments will mean, among other things, the clearing
of whole limestone forests and the desecration of burial sites some 3,500 years old; the
restricting of access to areas rich in plants necessary for indigenous medicinal practice;
the denying of access to places of worship and traditional fishing grounds; the destroying
of seventy acres of thriving coral reef, which currently serve as critical habitat for several
endangered species; and the over-tapping of Guam’s water system to include the drilling of
twenty-two additional wells.
The American military machine appears to be at war with the environment .
And the side effects are not going away , they're getting worse ...
Don't get me wrong , I respect you for defending the free world ,
but , ....... $$$$$+%%%%%&****=???????!!!!
can such a small island cope with this ?
more info here .... www.weareguahan.com...
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and Google images
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