Cathy Garger / OpEd News – 2008-05-31 00:42:30
(May 29, 2008) — In the past year I have done a good deal of research and writing around the topic of the growing military build-up, live firing, and fighter jet bombing drops taking place on the Hawaiian Islands and for thousands of miles around in the Pacific Ocean.
As much as I read, I can not for the life of me figure out why those in power are intent on further degrading the health of our oceans, our land, our air, our vegetation, our wildlife, our unique island habitats… not to mention the health and well being of the good people of Hawaii.
I mean, who in their right mind would try to destroy Hawaii — on purpose?
I have still not come to any firm conclusions and suspect that the answers are just too painful to face. So I offer the latest environmental impact statements for your review. Maybe you, possessing a stronger constitution, can help figure this out for me?
In these documents, you can read about live fire (not fake, not inert, not “dummy,” but live-fire… as in yes, so-called Depleted Uranium) military maneuvers using regular ammo, bombs, missiles, and advanced directed energy weapons (DEW) (as in destroying things via lasers) around and on the Hawaiian Islands.
After examining these documents, however, one thing’s for certain. They should name the military exercises Operation Hawaiian DUMP because that is exactly what these maneuvers actually are — an apparent attempt to discover just how polluted and contaminated they can render the fragile Hawaiian Island and Pacific Ocean aquatic ecosystems by dumping both toxic and radioactive wastes quite liberally all over them.
At the Radford, VA WPA “Building A New World” Conference over the weekend, during one of the seminars someone innocently asked a question to the effect: Why is the US Military destroying the environment and lives of so many people around the world?
You could quite literally hear a pin drop when someone very somberly, quietly, eventually offered, “Because they can.”
Those of us with compassion for humanity and all living things – both presently on the planet and for generations to come – need, I believe, to take some time and examine these documents for ourselves. We have got to somehow figure out how it has come to pass that truly no place in this entire world – not even our own Hawaiian Paradise … is safe from wanton degradation and destruction at the hands of our own government?
We need to research all this, I believe, and then decide where we are going to draw our line in the contaminated sands from Hawaii to Idaho – where toxics and radioactive materials present in the Camp Doha, Kuwait sands have come back to haunt us, being laid to fester alongside Idaho potato fields inside the United States, eventually contaminating our ground and water supply for billions of years.
Only an informed, educated populace – one that realizes that America – even Hawaii, of all places! – has become the US military’s “dirty” kitty litter box can ever be counted upon to stop this military environmental madness.
Please read below about the Army’s and Navy’s plans to do their training and “play war” inside Paradise, while only further destroying the natural resources and life forms within the Pacific Ocean and Hawaiian Islands.
Then please help educate others in your own circle of influence about what is going down in the land of Aloha – which has, sadly to its own detriment, been programmed to welcome with open arms the abundant cash flow that stationing thousands of military personnel on what was once pristine, unspoiled tropical paradise – brings.
Actions You Can Take
• To read about the Army’s further plans for Hawaii:
• To comment about the Army’s plans for Hawaii and the Pacific:
Military Seeks Comment on Expansion Plan:
• To read about the Navy’s further plans for the Pacific and Hawaiian Islands (the Hawaii Range Complex):
• To comment upon the Navy’s plans for Hawaii (top right hand corner):
Cathy Garger is a freelance writer, public speaker, activist, and a certified personal coach who specializes in Uranium weapons. Living in the shadow of the national District of Crime, Cathy is constantly nauseated by the stench emanating from the nation’s capital during the Washington, DC, federal work week.
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