Gazing at the stars recently, I mused on the fantasy that space should be the world's peaceful commons. It isn't. Space is the navigational medium for drone warfare and missile defense shields.
War has always been highly profitable, and dominance of outer space leads to further profits. As the U.S. Air Force Space Command stated in its 2003 Strategic Master Plan, "the ability to gain space superiority is critically important and maintaining space superiority is an essential prerequisite in modern warfare."
For example, according to the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, "the U.S. and NATO are increasing their military encirclement of Russia and China. After the fall of the former Soviet Union, the U.S. promised not to expand NATO toward Russia. That promise has been repeatedly violated by the West.
Today U.S. missile defense systems that are key elements in Pentagon first-strike planning, are being deployed on the ground, and at sea, around Russia and China."
A map with dots showing all of the U.S./NATO and U.S./Asia-Pacific missile defense deployments looks like a "chokehold" around Russia and China, space4peace.org.
Drones are surveying and dropping bombs on Syria, directed from space. An example of drone warfare was described in an interview in GQ Magazine with former drone pilot, Brandon Bryant, who recalls, "sitting in a control station on an Air Force base in Nevada. His three victims were walking on a dirt road in Afghanistan. After the Hellfire missile fired from the drone struck the three men, Bryant watched the aftermath on his infrared display."
"The smoke clears, and there's pieces of the two guys around the crater. And there's this guy over here, and he's missing his right leg above his knee. He's holding it, and he's rolling around, and the blood is squirting out of his leg, and it's hitting the ground, and it's hot. His blood is hot," Bryant says. "But when it hits the ground, it starts to cool off; the pool cools fast. It took him a long time to die. I just watched him. I watched him become the same color as the ground he was lying on.".
Aren't we engendering the understandable wrath and indignation of more and more of the world's citizens by our unilateral, imperious behavior?
Stop drones. Stop perpetual war. Make space peaceful for all.
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