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No Nukes



No Nukes
Originally uploaded by youplayawhat.
I remember asking my parents when I was a kid, "What does that button mean?" It was one that said "No Nukes." I seemed to think that it meant that microwave ovens were bad, which I suppose it may have in a way, but I later realized that it was even more serious. When I visited Zlín a few weeks ago, I saw a sign with similar import and didn't know what it meant. It was on a billboard for the local Communist party. (They seem to have come to terms with the town's new name—during Communism it was named Gottwaldov in honor of a Czech leader.) The sign basically says, "Say no to American bases." Most visible is the bold "NO" and a missile icon uner a cross-hatched red circle. The implication is clear, but I wasn't sure what it meant. I saw similar stickers on trams in the past month.

After reading this post at the Beatroot, I have a better idea:
Out of the sites where the US [anti-missile] system could be installed in Europe—to stave off any rockets fired by 'rogue states', apparently (which means Iran or North Korea these days) the Czech Republic and Poland are the leading contenders. (More)

A month ago, rumor had it that the Czech Republic was more likely than Poland. I haven't followed the story, but it seems that there should be an update soon (if not one already...as you can tell, I'm slow on the uptake with these sorts of things). I can certainly understand the Communists being against this, but it seems like other people would be more interested too.


Perhaps I'll find out more while I'm in Zlín again this weekend for a folk festival. More from BBC: Czech Bid for US Missile Base, Czechs May Host US Missile Base

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