08 Sep 2013
- By Junhan B. Todeno - firstname.lastname@example.org - Variety News Staff
“SAVE Pagan Island” advocate Jerome Aldan is disappointed that the Northern Islands mayor’s office was not invited to the recently held Guam-U.S.-Asia Security Alliance conference.
The two-day event discussed America’s Pacific strategic line of defense in relation to the “overall strategic roadmap of the military-industrial complex throughout the world,” said Aldan who is the project manager of the Northern Islands mayor’s office.
The conference, he added, appeared to be “structured in the interest of the military-industrial complex and ancillary businesses in the U.S., Guam, the Pacific and Asia.”
That may be the reason why peace advocates or opponents of the proposed live-fire training on Guam, Tinian and Pagan were not invited, he said.
“If the lack of public announcement or hidden nature of the so-called ‘conference’ is any indication of the nature of this type of ‘briefing,’ then one can only conclude one thing: the conference is not intended to be a public forum but is limited to special military and business interests in the region as an extension of the broader U.S. military-industrial complex,” Aldan said.
He said the issues discussed in the conference were directly related to the strategic posture of the U.S. military in the Pacific, including the Marianas archipelago.
“Specific reference(s) to Tinian and Pagan were omitted in order to pacify and not incite any concerns from the islands including Guam,” he said.
Aldan said had they been given a chance to share their views they would have explained the major reasons for opposing “live-fire training, the destruction of sensitive or critical habitats, the desecration of historic and ancestral burial sites, reckless surface, subsurface, and subterranean toxic contamination, and noise and air pollution on Pagan,” a remote volcanic island 200 miles north of Saipan.
He said there have been many islands destroyed “in the name of strategic positioning of the military which really feeds the broader military-industrial complex intertwined with business interests in the guise of security.”