Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Sometimes I dream of Okinawa...

Someone needs to write an article like this for Guam, because Guam and Okinawa share similar dangers and pressures. The U.S. forces on Guam are endangering the Chamorro people and others, but the media refuses to even consider this aspect of their presence.

According to Lee Weber, Joe Murphy and other haole elites, the military is the only reason Guam is habitable. The military does alot more than liberate people and provide cheap gasoline, it is time we start talking about these things, or else find our water lens completely tainted or the island full of shades of people as a nuclear cloud hovers over our island, taking the last traces of Chamorro culture with it.

U.S. forces on Okinawa endangering the people
By Kozue Uehara

On Aug. 13, a transportation helicopter, a CH-53-D Sea Stallion
belonging to U.S. Marines based on O'ahu, crashed on Okinawan
International University in Ginowan city.
The helicopter exploded and filled the scene with smoke. The staff of
the university ran away from shattered-glass windows. Students taking
summer session fled the danger.
Before it crashed, the defective helicopter wandered around, scattering
many parts and oil over the densely populated area, including a 26-foot
fin of the propeller, which penetrated a door and a cement wall and
destroyed the TV in the room where a little child was taking a nap.
Students and people next to the scene were trembling and crying.
U.S. Forces Japan commander Lt. Gen. Thomas Waskow, however, emphasized
the distinguished service of the crews in avoiding death and injury of
residents.
More than 50,000 servicemen and civilian employees of the Army and 75
percent of all U.S. bases in Japan have been in Okinawa since World War
II. The U.S. troops have held up the ideal of their being here for
"security" and "democratization" of the world.
In Okinawa, however, human rights of the residents have not been
enhanced because of the existence of the U.S. forces. There are also
many people who are suffering from hearing loss caused by the roaring
sound of training flights.
In 1959, a U.S. Army jet plane crashed on Miyamori elementary school in
Ishikawa city, Okinawa. The training accident killed 17 people (11
children) and injured 121.
Can the huge U.S. forces imagine the sadness and fear of the people?
The U.S. and the Japanese governments reached an agreement of
restoration for Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, in Ginowan city, after
the people's protests against the rape of a 12-year-old Okinawan girl
in 1995 by U.S. servicemen.
Both governments, however, started to pressure Okinawa prefecture in
favor of constructing a substantial military base in Henoko Bay,
Okinawa, with its beautiful coral reefs.
I hope that U.S. military bases are not transferred but are restored to
the people of Okinawa.
There are huge military bases also in Hawai'i. So, many residents in
Hawai'i, I hope, would sympathize with us and our fear of the existence
of military bases on our small island.
Such sympathy and alignment of the people all over the world will surely
empower our movement to try to solve the problem. Through this case, I
would like the people in Hawai'i to reconsider the existence of the
U.S. forces in a foreign country and to know how much they endanger
people living there.

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