War Starts Here – Let's stop it here

Marking, Blockading, Disrupting: European call for action against militarisation, war, and war infrastructure

Today we face the normalisation of war as an everyday political tool. But war dressed up as a democratic and humanitarian tool has not lost its deadly and destructive impact on people, societies, and livelihoods. For our governments, NATO, or the EU to fight their wars - which are fought in our name - our societies and our minds have to be conditioned for war and its silent acceptance.

We call on everyone to say no: All of us living in Europe are affected by war. Some of us by direct violence within the European countries and at the borders of Fortress Europe; all of us by being made silent accomplices to the atrocities at home and the fullscale wars far away. Both wars – those fought here and those fought far away - start here: they are being trained, supplied, recruited for, and propagated in our everyday lives. Weapons are being produced, infrastructure is militarised, the media and the education system normalise war and promote military values, ... Civil society serves the war effort through civil military cooperation: military tasks are increasingly outsourced to private companies while the Armed Forces are more often deployed at home.

But: If war starts here, we can stop it here. We call on everyone everywhere to take action by Marking, Blockading, Disrupting war and war infrastructure.

News on "War starts here"

15 Apr 2014
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International activist enter water of the Spanish military to denounce military expenditure and infrastructure, pointing out that “War starts from here: let's stop it from here!”

04 Sep 2013
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September 2, 2013: Activists from all over Europe today blockaded the two gates of AWE Burghfield, starting at 5:15am. For almost an hour, all vehicle access to AWE Burghfield was blocked, until police cleared a lock-on blockade of six Finnish activists on The Mearings to the south of the main gate. Later, a blockade of Scottish activists and another blockade of Belgian activists were cleared to the east of AWE Burghfield, near construction gate. Up to the time of writing, 22 activists have been arrested by police, and one blockade on The Mearings leading to the main gate of AWE Burghfield is still in place.

16 Aug 2013
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By John LaForge

BÜCHEL AIR FORCE BASE, Germany -- Over 750 people converged here at the country's largest air base – although U.S. bases at Spangdahlem and Ramstein are far bigger -- to condemn the retention of 20 U.S. nuclear weapons, in open violation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and in a show of popular rebellion 150 hearty war resisters blockaded all nine base entrances for 24 hours. It was the first time in 16 years of resistance to the base's use of U.S. H-bombs by Germany's Tornado jet bombers that the compound had been completely closed to traffic by a protest.

26 Jul 2013
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based on a piece by Cecil Arndt

In different countries, war and militarisation take on very different meanings and have different effects, depending not only on the presence or absence of direct acts of war but also on country's political, economic, and social circumstances, and its history and traditions. As these factors define not only to the types, levels, and effects of militarisation but also the ways in which it can be effectively resisted, the scope of this article is inevitably limited; it can only provide a Western, European, largely German perspective on the use of direct action to oppose the militarisation of youth, although it explores possibilities in other countries nonetheless.

Militarisation, in whatever form it takes, must be understood as always being directed at young people. The militarisation of youth relies not only on their direct recruitment into the armed forces, but on the widely growing intrusion of the military into the lives and minds of people of all ages. This intrusion influences individual daily routines, preferences and choices, as well as general perceptions. The common theme is the normalising of war and the military.

25 Jul 2013
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BüchelBüchelAbout 180 US nuclear bombs are still being stored in Europe for use by NATO in the event of a nuclear strike, although it is not clear who against. 20 of these nuclear bombs - left over from the Cold War - are deployed in Büchel in South Eifel (Rheinland-Pfalz), Germany.

25 Feb 2013
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Article written for Friedensforum

In 2016 the UK government will finalise the decision to build a new nuclear weapons system to replace the present Trident system (http://actionawe.org/the-trident-system/). The nuclear submarines that carry Trident are getting old, so the government has pledged to finalise contracts to replace them in 2016 in order to build a new generation of nuclear weapons at an estimated cost of £76–100 billion. This is more than the current planned public spending cuts of £81 billion. If the contracts go ahead, the warheads would be designed and manufactured at AWE (Atomic Weapons Establishment) Aldermaston and Burghfield, in Berkshire, about 50 miles west of London ( http://actionawe.org/awe-burghfield-maps-gates/ ).

25 Jun 2012
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INTERNATIONAL ANTI-MILITARIST CAMP 12. - 17. SEPTEMBER 2012 AT THE GÜZ ALTMARK/GERMANY

DISCUSSIONS AND ACTIONS AGAINST THE COMBAT-TRAINING-CENTER OF BUNDESWEHR AND NATO

31 Aug 2011
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Javier Gárate

During the month of July 2011 almost 200 antimilitarists, from different parts of the world, took part in the activities of “War Starts Here” – The war starts here in a peace camp in Lulea in the north of Sweden. The ten days of activities included the WRI council meeting, a seminar under the same title, trainings in direct non violent action, and a series of actions against NEAT, the North European Aerospace Training base.