„Stopp der Air Base Ramstein“ — Protest gegen die Kriegsdrehscheibe Ramstein

From KenFM

25.05.2018

Ein Kommentar von Klaus Hartmann.

Auch in diesem Jahr will die Kampagne „Stopp der Air Base Ramstein“ die Kriegsgefahr in der Öffentlichkeit verdeutlichen, die von dieser US-Militärbasis bei Kaiserslautern ausgeht.

Die Air Base Ramstein spielt die zentrale Rolle in der NATO Kriegsführung und für sämtliche verdeckten und offenen Aggressionen, die die USA im Nahen und Mittleren Osten unternehmen. Ob Drohnen nach Pakistan, Afghanistan und den Jemen, Waffennachschub für die Terroristen in Syrien, die Kriegsdrohung gegen den Iran – nichts geht ohne Ramstein. Von hier, von deutschem Boden, geht Krieg aus!

Sicher steht der Drohnenkrieg mithilfe der Relaisstation in Ramstein vordergründig im Fokus der öffentlichen Aufmerksamkeit. Das ist auch sehr berechtigt, denn dieses permanente Morden ohne Kriegserklärung und ohne Gerichtsurteile ist barbarisch und skandalös. Dabei darf aber nicht vergessen werden, dass die Bedrohungssituation durch die Air Base um ein Vielfaches größer ist.

In den letzten Jahren und Monaten hat die NATO eine Kette neuer Hauptquartiere und Waffenlager, Kampfbataillone und „Speerspitzen“ entlang der russischen Grenze stationiert. NATO-Panzer rollen durch Deutschland an die „Ostfront“, wie die deutschen Medien das ohne Hemmungen oder Skrupel unumwunden wieder schreiben. Mit dem Allied Air Command sitzt auch die Kommandozentrale eines Krieges gegen Russland in Ramstein.

Das AEGIS-Raketensystem, stationiert auf vier Kriegsschiffen sowie landgestützt in Rumänien und in Polen, verkürzt die Raketen-Vorwarnzeiten für Russland. Die USA wollen sich die „risikofreie“ nukleare Erstschlagfähigkeit sichern, indem ein Gegenschlag ausgeschaltet wird.

Das irreführend „Raketenabwehrschild“ genannte AEGIS-System ist offensiv. Auf Knopfdruck von der US-Air Base Ramstein können die landgestützten Startvorrichtungen auch die seit 1987 verbotenen atomar bestückbaren Cruise-Mittelstreckenraketen abschießen, was eine neue Qualität der nuklearen Bedrohung nach Europa zurückbringt.

Russland bedroht kein Land in Europa und der Welt und setzt sich weltweit für kollektive Sicherheit ein. Durch die Aufrüstung und den neuen Aufmarsch der NATO wird allerdings die staatliche Existenz Russlands bedroht. Davor kann es nicht zurückweichen, sondern wird alle notwendigen Gegenmaßnahmen ergreifen.

Trotzdem hat Russland seine Militärausgaben um 20% auf 55,3 Milliarden Dollar gesenkt, während die USA sie auf 610 Milliarden Dollar gesteigert haben. Die 29 NATO-Staaten geben zusammen  881 Mrd. Dollar für Rüstung aus , fast das 16 fache Russlands.

Russland könnte sich im Kriegsfall gezwungen sehen, seine Vernichtungsmacht frühzeitig und massiv gegen den rückwärtigen Raum des Feindes einzusetzen. 6 Minuten Zeit bleibt Russland in diesem Fall, um auf „den Knopf“ zu drücken, dann wird die Region Kaiserslautern, die Westpfalz und Deutschland insgesamt in eine atomare Wüste verwandelt.

Die Proteste in Ramstein/Kaiserslautern stehen deshalb in diesem Jahr auch im Zeichen der verschärften NATO-Konfrontation mit Russland – am Freitag, 29.06., findet die große öffentliche Abendveranstaltung in der Versöhnungskirche Kaiserslautern mit Gabriele Krone-Schmalz statt: „Macht uns Russland nicht zum Feind!“

Die lebensgefährliche US-Air Base könnte in kurzer Zeit verschwinden. Die Bundesregierung muss „nur“ den „Vertrag über den Aufenthalt ausländischer Streitkräfte in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland“ kündigen, die Kündigungsfrist beträgt nur zwei Jahre!

Über 50.000 Menschen haben inzwischen den Aufruf „Abrüsten statt Aufrüsten!“ unterschrieben. Die Bundesregierung hat sich aber als NATO-Mitglied verpflichtet, den Rüstungshaushalt bis 2024 auf mehr als 75 Milliarden Euro zu verdoppeln. Kleiner Hinweis, diese Verpflichtung gilt tatsächlich nur für NATO-Mitglieder! Was liegt also näher, als aus diesem Aggressionsbündnis auszutreten? So viel Geld könnten wir sparen, und es für Bildung, Soziales und bezahlbaren Wohnraum, für Pflege und Gesundheit einsetzen!

Die Protestaktionen vom 24. Juni bis zum 01. Juli 2018 umfassen ein einwöchiges Aktions-, Informations- und Kulturcamp. Die Campteilnehmer fahren an einem Tag in Bussen nach Büchel und demonstrieren für den Abzug der dort stationierten Atomwaffen. Von Montag bis Donnerstag wird in Kaiserslautern eine „Friedenswerkstatt“ mit über 60 Foren und Workshops über friedenspolitisch relevante Themen stattfinden. Von der Lage im Iran bis zu den Chancen der Rüstungskonversion in Rheinland-Pfalz.

Höhepunkt der Proteste sind am Samstag, den 30. Juni 2018, zwei Auftaktkundgebungen in Landstuhl und Ramstein mit anschließender Demonstration zur Air Base. Bei der Abschlusskundgebung sprechen Sahra Wagenknecht und Eugen Drewermann. Erstmals gibt es auch einen Aufruf zu Aktionen des zivilen Ungehorsams – Wir blockieren anschließend die Air Base Ramstein!

Die Protestaktionen in Ramstein haben sich in den letzten Jahren zu Höhepunkten der aktionsorientierten Friedensbewegung entwickelt. Aber der Erfolg des Protests ist kein Selbstläufer! Es kommt auf jede und jeden an. Wir wollen, wir müssen mehr werden, damit die Kriegstreiber in Berlin sich nicht länger taub stellen können!

Sprecht Freunde und Kollegen an, organisiert die gemeinsame Fahrt nach Ramstein! Informiert Euch im Internet unter https://www.ramstein-kampagne.eu/. Tragen wir mit vielfältigen Aktionen zu einem Klima in der Gesellschaft bei, das die Schließung der Militärbasis auf die politische Tagesordnung setzt!

https://kenfm.de/tagesdosis-25-05-2018-protest-gegen-die-kriegsdrehscheibe-ramstein/

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“Stop the Ramstein Air Base” protests, 24 June – 1 July; German citizens preparing to block U.S. main base at Kaiserslautern

From Fort Russ

By Tom Winter
May 25, 2018

Translated from a German commentary by Klaus Hartmann

Again this year, the campaign “Stop the Ramstein Air Base” aims to expose the threat of war that emanates from this US military base at Kaiserslautern.

The Ramstein Air Base plays the central role in NATO warfare and all the covert and open aggression that the United States has in the Middle East. Whether drones to Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Yemen, arms supply for the terrorists in Syria, the threat of war against Iran – nothing works without Ramstein. From here, from German soil, war is going out!

Surely the drone war out of Ramstein as a way station is superficially in the focus of public attention. This is also very justified, because this permanent murder without declaration of war and without court sentences is barbaric and scandalous. However, it should not be forgotten that the overall threat caused by the Air Base is many times greater.

In recent years and months, NATO has stationed a chain of new headquarters and weapons depots, battalions, and “spearheads” along the Russian border. NATO tanks are rolling through Germany to the “Eastern Front,” as the German media write without restraint, without inhibitions or scruples. With the Allied Air Command, the command center of a war against Russia lies in the US Ramstein Air Base.

The AEGIS missile system, deployed on four warships and land-based in Romania and Poland, shortens missile warning times for Russia. The US wants to secure a “risk-free” nuclear first strike capability by eliminating a counter-strike.

The misleading “missile defense shield” called the AEGIS system is offensive. At the push of a button from the US Ramstein Air Base, the land-based launchers can also shoot down atomic equippable Cruise medium-range missiles, which have been banned since 1987, bringing a new level of the nuclear threat to Europe.

Russia is not threatening any country in Europe or the world, and advocating collective security worldwide. However, NATO’s rearmament and new deployment threatens Russia’s sovereignty. Before that, it can not back down, but will take all necessary countermeasures.

Nevertheless, Russia has reduced its military spending by 20% to $ 55.3 billion, while the US has increased its own to $ 610 billion. The 29 NATO countries together spend $881 billion on armaments, almost 16 times that of Russia.

In the event of war, Russia could be forced to use its destructive power early and massively against the rear space of the enemy. Russia would have 6 minutes to press “the button,” then the Kaiserslautern region, the West Palatinate and all Germany in total is transformed into an atomic desert.

The intensified NATO confrontation with Russia gives further urgence to the protests in Ramstein / Kaiserslautern this year. On Friday,June 29, the big public evening event will take place in the Reconciliation Church Kaiserslautern with Gabriele Krone-Schmalz: “Don’t turn Russia into an enemy!”

The lethal US Air Base could disappear in a short time. The Federal Government must “only” terminate the “Contract on the Residence of Foreign Armed Forces in the Federal Republic of Germany,” and the notice period is only two years!

More than 50,000 people have signed the call “Disarm instead of arm up!” However, as a member of NATO, the Federal Government has committed to doubling its armaments budget to more than € 75 billion by 2024. Small note, this obligation is actually only for NATO members! What could be more natural than to withdraw from this alliance of aggression? We could save so much money and use it for education, social and affordable housing, care and health!

The protests from 24 June to 1 July 2018 include a one-week action, information and culture camp. The camp participants travel in buses to Büchel and demonstrate for the withdrawal of the nuclear weapons stationed there. From Monday to Thursday, a “Peace Workshop” will be held in Kaiserslautern with over 60 forums and workshops on topics relevant to peace policy. From the situation in Iran to the chances of armament conversion in Rhineland-Palatinate.

The climax of the protests will be on Saturday, June 30, 2018, two opening rallies in Landstuhl and Ramstein followed by a demonstration to the Air Base. Sahra Wagenknecht and Eugen Drewermann will speak at the closing rally. For the first time there is also a call for actions of civil disobedience – We will block the Ramstein Air Base!

The protests in Ramstein have become highlights of the action-oriented peace movement in recent years. But the success of the protest is not a matter of course! It depends on each and every one. We want, we have to become more so that the warmongers in Berlin can no longer play deaf!

Talk to friends and colleagues, organize the joint trip to Ramstein!  Inform yourself on the internet at https://www.ramstein-kampagne.eu/. With a variety of actions we contribute to a climate in society that puts the closure of the military base on the political agenda!

https://www.fort-russ.com/2018/05/germans-citizens-preparing-to-block-the-us-main-base-at-kaiserlautern-heres-why/

U.S. — Trump administration budget asks Congress for 37 more missile “defense” systems near Russia and for ships along coasts

This isn’t being covered by the mainstream news. Most of the public won’t know about this proposal.

“Along the respective coasts” — which coasts?
Missile “defense” systems include not just missiles, but high intensity radar aimed at populated areas and communities — men, women, children.

Lockheed Martin Corp. makes the Aegis system.

Tell Congress “NO”.

From Fort Russ

February 12, 2018 – FRN –
Rusvesna – translated by Inessa Sinchougova
The US administration has asked to allocate funds for the construction of 37 Aegis missile defense systems in Romania and Poland, the operations director of the Missile Defense Agency, Gary Pannett, said on Monday.
“Within the framework of the draft budget for the 2019 financial year, we have requested 1.8 billion dollars for the systems. The missile defense agency will provide 37 Aegis SM-3 systems to facilities in Romania and Poland, as well as on ships along the respective coasts,” Pennett said at a special briefing in the Pentagon.
On Monday, the US administration submitted the draft budget for the 2019 financial year, which begins October 1, 2018, for consideration by Congress.

What’s brewing? British, American, Canadian advisers arrive in Donbass

From Fort Russ

February 4 , 2018 – FRN –

RT Russian – translated by Inessa Sinchougova

 

Citing intelligence sources, the representative of Donetsk, Eduard Basurin, has stated that British instructors have arrived in the Donbass, at the locations of the Ukrainian Forces.
“In the area of 93rd separate mechanized brigade in the vicinity of the city of Volnovaha, a group of foreign instructors has arrived – led by a representative of the Armed Forces of the United Kingdom, for the purpose of training of Ukrainian servicemen on how to carry out sabotage and subversive activities,” said Basurin.
“In addition to the British, from February 5th to the 9th, a delegation of the US military will join the Brits. They will assess the expenditure of funds that Washington has allocated to the army.”
The DPR stressed that rotation of the Ukrainian military has been completed in the Mariupol district. The marines which came to replace the infantry brigade have participated in the NATO exercises in Georgia in September 2017.
“It is possible that the commander of the 36th Marine Brigade will give an order in the near future to carry out provocative actions and practice the skills gained” said Basurin.
Experts admit that the arrival of foreign instructors directly to the region may indicate possible plans for the escalation of the situation. The director of the Center for Strategic Studies, Ivan Konovalov stated that “the essence of what is happening is that the training of servicemen of the Armed Forces and soldiers of the National Guard was so far, carried out in zones away from the so-called ATO. And now they decided to change the format and conduct training in conditions that are close to combat. We can assume that they will conduct local combat operations of a sabotage character, to check the preparedness of their men. ” said Konovalov.
The same opinion is held by the vice-president of the Academy of Geopolitical Problems, Vladimir Anokhin, who believes that Kiev is planning a major offensive operation in the region.
“There are a number of factors that can be used to judge that Ukraine is preparing for large-scale hostilities – possibly late February or early March. This may well be related to the elections in Russia, ” the expert said.
Note that the UK launched a training program for the Ukrainian military under the name “Orbital” in February 2015. Then it sent 75 military doctors to the country, who provide medical help on the ground. In July 2017 Orbital was extended until 2018. During this time, about 6 thousand Ukrainian soldiers were trained in its framework.
In addition to Britain, Canadian specialists who come to the country within the framework of NATO’s Unifer mission are also training Ukrainian soldiers. In March last year it was reported that 200 instructors had arrived from Canada. The US has recently spent $ 22 million to equip a military training center near Lviv, to accommodate the new training programme.
Overall, there are currently an estimated 900 foreign instructors and foreign mercenaries in the Ukraine.
“We know of about 129 instructors from the United States, Canada, Turkey, Algeria, Lithuania, Latvia, Britain, who coordinate the actions of the Ukrainian units,” said Basurin.
In addition to the above, about 500 people are part of the Georgian National Legion and the Hungarian Battalion Magyar. He also noted that there are about 200 people belonging to international private military companies.

NATO begin training Ukraine fighters to “use force legally” [Video]

May 3rd, 2017 – Fort Russ News –

Canadian instructors have arrived in Lviv to begin training Ukrainian soldiers to “use force”, a course built on NATO principles.
“We conduct training that specializes in the use of force. The course includes a range of skills; how to carry out an arrest, how to use force proportionally and legally.” – said Canadian coach Matthew Hung.

“We Will Respond” – Russia states it will respond to Norwegian deployment of NATO missile systems

April 30th, 2017 – Fort Russ News –
– RusVesna – Translated by James Harmon

Russia has stated it will respond to the deployment of elements of a NATO missile defense system (NMD / Euro-ABM) in Norwegian territory.

In an interview with Dagbladet newspaper, Russia’s ambassador to Norway Teimuraz Ramishvili, stated Russia will respond.

“On our side, there will follow an answer not just to Norway but to the whole of NATO” – said the diplomat.

Ramishvili said that Russia and Norway may have different points of view on the issue of NATO missile shield, but neighbors should engage in dialogue and find a solution that satisfied both sides. According to him, the Scandinavian kingdom’s elites refuse to discuss with Moscow the disturbing question of the future role of Norway in the European missile defense system.

“Russia does not aspire to the militarization of the Arctic”, – assured Ramishvili. He also urged the Norwegian authorities to reflect on the implications of the new security policy before a decision on the Norwegian contribution to European missile defense will be accepted.

According to the diplomat, this is a serious problem in relations between Russia and Norway – the lack of dialogue. “Today Russia communicates regularly with the political leadership and the US military leaders, but not with the leadership of the Norwegian Armed Forces. It’s very sad”, said the ambassador.

He added that Moscow and Oslo until 2013 had a strong relationship, and the two countries have always been able to solve their problems.

“Look what is happening today. From 2014 to 2016 the Norwegian-Russian trade turnover has decreased by 70 percent, and this should not be the case.”, stated the ambassador.

The United States stressed that the main objective of these facilities, that is, a newly created European missile defense system planned for completion by 2018, is to protect Europe against a potential attack from Iran. In turn, Moscow states that the deployment of missile defense system in Europe is a threat to Russian national security.

In 2015, the Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg announced the country’s readiness to contribute to the creation of the European missile defense system. Recommendations of the Norwegian Institute for Defense Studies and the US Missile Defense Agency in this regard must be submitted to the Norwegian government before the end of 2017. In particular, it is possible that the United States may place new radar on the Norwegian arctic island of Vardo in the borders of Russia, further exacerbating an already tense situation.

http://www.fort-russ.com/2017/04/we-will-respond-russia-states-it-will.html

Busted: Bulgaria routinely ships weapons to Syrian militants – investigation

April 26th, 2017 – Fort Russ News –

North Atlantic Treaty Organization countries have repeatedly been accused of supplying weapons to terrorists. Bulgaria – is no exception. 
According to the news agency “Tass”, another batch of Bulgarian arms to Syria was delivered April 4, 2017 from the port of Burgas (Bulgaria) to the port of “Jeddah” (Saudi Arabia) on the vessel “Marianne Danica”, en route under the flag of Denmark.
It is known that over the last month, the Bulgarian ship has made two trips to Saudi Arabia and returned to Bulgaria for the next “batch”. Saudi Arabia can not realistically be the recipient of the weapons, as the country’s army is equipped with exclusively Western weapons already.
Reporters of the newspaper “Trud”, who published the  original  result of the investigation, also found that the Bulgarian weapons manufacturer “VMZ-Sopot” signed contracts on arms supplies with the US; two companies “Chemring”, in the amount of $47m, (Dec 2016) and Orbital ATK, to the amount of $50m  in January of this year.
VMZ-Sopot, Bulgaria
Payment for orders is made through ‘front companies’ representatives of European command and of the US armed forces.
As a reminder, the previous (and first) noisy case of transportation of Bulgarian arms to Syrian Islamists occurred in December 2016.
Then, journalists visited the city of Aleppo and found 9 Al-Nusra warehouses for heavy machine guns and ammunition, missiles for multiple rocket launchers, all produced in Bulgaria. It turned out that the supplier of ammunition is a Bulgarian privately owned weapons company Arcus from Lyaskovets, and military factory VMZ-Sopot.
The fact that the leadership of the Republic of Bulgaria has repeatedly and convincingly been accused of supplying weapons to Syria, no one, apparently, cares. As a result, Bulgaria, as a member of NATO and the European Union, under the auspices of the United States and through “gray schemes” continues to regularly and illegally redirect weapons to terrorist groups in Syria.