Peace & Justice offers update on Korea

Mar 02, 2018

Belfast — Peace and Justice Group of Waldo County will host a slide presentation on Korea by Bruce Gagnon of Bath. The talk will take place Wednesday, March 21, at 6 p.m. in Belfast Free Library's Abbott Room, 106 High St.

Gagnon is a member of Veterans for Peace and the international organization, Global Network-Keep Space For Peace. He recently returned from Korea and  will share his observations about the situation there.

According to a press release from Peace and Justice Group, Gagnon is skeptical of U.S. warnings that North Korea is a military threat to America; rather he feels the U.S. strategy is to hype the fear about North Korea as a way to get the American people to support massive military expenditures to continue the Pentagon "pivot" of 60 percent of U.S. military forces into the Asia-Pacific.

The goal, according to the press release, is to surround China and Russia with U.S. military power to control and dominate them. In Hawaii, South Korea, Okinawa, Australia, the Philippines, New Zealand and Guam, local peace and environmental activists are protesting these U.S. moves that require expanding bases in those countries, the press release said.

"These bases are destroying the environment and making the ‘host’ populations a prime target in a war as (President) Trump boasts about ‘fire and fury,’" the release said. "Under international law it is a crime against peace to threaten nuclear attack against another nation."

Admission to the presentation is free. All are welcome.



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