David Swanson: NATO, Sardinia, Contamination, & The Truth

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Demands of the people

·       Transparency and truth – reveal what chemicals and metals have been used.
·       Close all of the bases and radar facilities – completely de-militarize the island.
·       Clean and decontaminate the bases and land, aquifers and sea around them.
·       Provide health care to all people affected by military activity on the island
·       Provide financial assistance and clean land and sea to farmers and fishers

Sardinia: Militarization, Contamination and Cancer in Paradise

By Helen Jaccard, WarIsACrime.org

Need to test some new weapons?  Bomb paradise!
The sound of bombs, missiles, and other explosions; massive attacks from the sea onto the beach; an epidemic of cancers and birth defects; soil, air, food and water contaminated with heavy metals, jet fuel and other poisons; and national and company secrets that prevent the residents from learning the truth:  Is this a modern war zone?  No – Sardinia is the victim of weapons manufacturers, polluting military activities and a political system that cares about power and money over the health of people and the environment.

Sardinia and it’s People
Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea – a paradise with diverse wildlife and beautiful beaches.  Alice Scanu, a Sardinian environmental engineer and activist said, “We are peaceful people, poor ones maybe, but very welcoming. That’s how I’d like Sardinians to be remembered, not as people involved in wars and power games.”  In the rural areas are shepherds and farmers who make magnificent wine, honey, and cheese.

Military Use of Sardinia
For over 50 years Sardinia has been used by militaries and arms manufacturers to:

·       test new bullets, bombs, missiles and drones
·       train soldiers and pilots
·       practice war scenarios
·       explode, burn and bury old weapons and dangerous chemicals
·       launch bombing sorties

Seventy percent of Italian military bases are located here, and Italian, NATO, and U.S. bases occupy about 1/3 of the area of the island’s land and sea. During military practice drills, the area closed to navigation and fishing increases to about 7200 square miles, almost 2 times the island surface.

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