On the west coast of Scotland, next to the deep waters of the Gare Loch and Firth of Clyde, reside four Trident-armed Vanguard submarines. According to the BBC, at any one time there is one armed and at sea, one undergoing maintenance and two in port or on training maneuvers. Each has 16 missiles and 48 warheads, and each is more than twice as long as a Boeing 747. These comprise Britain's nuclear program.
The Scottish government supports independence from Britain, opposes nuclear weapons and just voted to stay in the European Union. According to The Independent, it is on course to hold a referendum to vote for independence from Britain. The Scottish government has pledged to "banish Trident from it's deep water home."
Hmm, now what will Britain do? The U.K. Parliament voted in 2007 to "maintain the strategic nuclear deterrent beyond the life of the existing system." According to the BBC, in 2012, an inquiry into independence by a cross-party group of members of the British parliament concluded that identifying and recreating a suitable base to replace the naval base would be "highly problematic, very expensive, and fraught with political difficulties."
Gary Cartwright, an adviser to the members of the European Union, according to Press TV, said, "What we see today is Brussels and the massive EU bureaucracy, which really does not have much in the way of real democratic accountability." Cartwright went on to say that the U.S. wanted the U.K. to remain in the EU so that it would be its "Trojan horse" on foreign policy.
He also said that the "transatlantic big businesses are influencing policy in the EU exactly the same way they are doing in the U.S." Currently, it seems to me, the U.S. is demonizing Putin and Russia possibly to justify a money-making, globally destabilizing new Cold War which, God forbid, could end the world in nuclear war.
John Galtung, with Transcend Media Service, suggests that the world now can perceive: "Talk about NATO as out of date, Europe and the Middle East taking care of their own affairs, wars as non-affordable, as counter-productive, some awareness that there are other victims than Americans in the wars, had been unthinkable, unspeakable. But old addictive habits are hard to change." But thanks to Scotland and the Brexit voters, together we can change them.
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