By Dave Stevens.
A British nature reserve in Norfolk, at Cley-Next-the-Sea, has been strewn with live munitions and closed because a foreign military aircraft based in our country has crashed in it. The HH-60G Pave Hawk, a modified Black Hawk helicopter, which landed there on the evening of 7th January, killing four foreign soldiers, is part of the American 48th Fighter Wing, based at a US airbase at Lakenheath, Suffolk. A terrible loss of life and bereavement for the families of those killed in what appears to be an accident.
This foreign military base is insultingly and falsely designated ‘RAF’ Lakenheath. Although RAF personnel, like any other Britons, trying to enter this bit of British soil can do so only with the permission of the armed foreign soldiers guarding it.
It is one of a network of US bases scattered across Britain in which 11,000 American military personnel garrison our country. British people cannot enter these areas of American-occupied Britain without US permission and the British Government has no control over, or necessarily knowledge of, what goes on in them.
The excuse for these foreign troops on our soil was that they were needed to help defend Britain from the Soviet Union. As the Soviet Union no longer exists, and has not done since 1991, this has certainly not been true for the past twenty years.
In fact it never was true. The purpose of the American bases in Britain was not to help Britain defend itself from the Soviets. It was to help America attack them. From Washington, Britain was an unsinkable US aircraft carrier anchored off the coast of Europe, 3500 miles nearer to the USSR than the US homeland, from which the Americans could much more effectively nuke Russia.
An expendable US aircraft carrier. For whole of the 1950’s and most of the 1960’s, the Soviets could not reach the US homeland with most of its nuclear arsenal. But they certainly could reach Britain with all of it. This meant the Americans could launch a nuclear strike on the Soviets from their British bases safe in the knowledge that we, and not they, would bear the brunt of any Soviet retaliation.
Worse, thanks to the terms under which US forces and missiles were emplaced in Britain, the US could launch that strike, and bring down massive nuclear retaliation on our heads, without the permission or even prior knowledge of the British Government. This reached the point where a senior British civil servant quipped that we should answer the 18th century American slogan about Britain – ‘No Taxation without Representation’ – with a 20th century British response to them – ‘No Annihilation without Consultation’…
This possible annihilation, in which Britain and the British people were to be thrown on the nuclear fire to serve US interests, very nearly happened at least once. On Saturday 27th October 1962, in response to Soviet missiles in Cuba which were not the slightest threat to Britain, the US was within minutes of launching a nuclear first strike against the Soviets by firing sixty THOR Intermediate Range Ballistic Missiles based all along the East Coast of Britain. The British Government had only a vague knowledge of this and no power to stop it.
We now know that the Soviets would have responded with a multimegatonne bombardment of every major city and strategic site in the UK with hydrogen bombs which would have killed over 95% of the British people and destroyed Britain as a functioning society.
The doddery Tory Prime Minister of the day, Harold Macmillan, once the penny dropped that the US was on the point of sacrificing fifty million British people to get Russian missiles removed from an island 4000 miles away from us, simply went into a total funk. He ignored increasingly desperate pleas from senior Civil Service and military officials even to begin activating the – pathetically inadequate – Civil Defence plans that existed to save as many Britons as possibly from the rapidly impending holocaust.
He also dithered about placing Britain’s own semi-independent nuclear capability, the V-bomber force, on full alert, putting them on only partial alert so they would mostly have been destroyed on the ground when the Soviet nuclear missiles struck. He did allow the RAF to ask the Americans if we could have some atomic bombs to put in them please – most of the ‘British independent nuclear deterrent’ was actually held by the Americans on RAF bomber bases under lock and key guarded by armed American soldiers.
Fortunately for all of us Britons – we would almost certainly all be long dead otherwise – the Soviets came to a last minute agreement with the Americans whereby the Soviet missiles in Cuba would be withdrawn in return for the similar removal of American missiles on the Soviet border in Turkish-occupied Western Armenia. The Soviets had sent missiles to Cuba in response to this provocative US emplacement of American missiles a few miles from the Soviet border in the Caucasus region.
None of this game of nuclear chess between America and Russia played out in the Caribbean and Asia Minor would have been of much concern to us in Britain but for the US bases on our shores, which made our nation an expendable pawn to be sacrificed in their game.
As Nationalists and indeed the leading Conservative J. Enoch Powell pointed out then, and it is still true now, these US bases, and the NATO treaty that made Britain a US satellite, did not and do not make Britain safer. On the contrary, they make us a lot less safe. They very nearly killed us all.
The Cold War is gone. But the foreign bases are still there, with foreign warplanes still roaring a few feet over British fields. Or crashing on to them. Fortunately, this time only scaring a few ducks but potentially killing British families in their homes. Worse still, potentially dragging British civilians, as successive Labour and Tory/LibDem Governments seem happy to drag British soldiers, into American wars for American and not necessarily in the slightest bit British interests.
As Nationalists have been saying for over fifty years, there should be no foreign military bases on British soil and no surrender of British foreign and defence policy to foreigners through the likes of NATO. We are lucky we are still alive to give – and the British people alive to hear – that message. No thanks to the Americans! That Black Hawk down in a Norfolk marsh should be a wake-up call for action…