Submission on developing the Aotearoa/New Zealand Aerospace Strategy

Space vehicles link to ongoing wars

These aerospace activities are of great concern because the proposed activity will principally benefit the perpetrators of the many egregious and ill-advised wars going on in the world today. These wars have caused the deaths of millions of people and great suffering for millions more, including refugees, forced to leave war-torn countries. The wars have increased violence and instability in the world, rather then improving the situation. For example, the UK parliamentary Chilcott report on the US/UK allies war on Iraq reported in 2016 that despite contrary claims in 2003 by then Prime Minister Tony Blair, Saddam Hussein was not an urgent threat to British interests, also that intelligence regarding weapons of mass destruction was presented with unwarranted certainty, that peaceful alternatives to war had not been exhausted, that the United Kingdom and United States had undermined the authority of the United Nations Security Council in waging the war, that the process of identifying the legal basis for war was “far from satisfactory,” and that the war in 2003 was unnecessary and has not achieved its aims. Over a million people died in Iraq during the war, according to respected British medical journal The Lancet and many more afterwards due to the destruction and deprivation caused by the western allies war on Iraq. Millions of people would be alive today if the war had not been waged.

Kaitiakitang & nuclear annihilation

MBIE’s document claims the Maori concepts of kaitiakitanga (guardianship,) and stewardship, are guiding frameworks “to ensure that space, and its benefits, remain accessible for all. “We value innovation, science, and technology as means of advancing our knowledge about the universe, driving productivity in the economy and improving the well-being of New Zealanders.“ But how can Maori concepts such as kaitiakitanga (guardianship), stewardship, work with integrity in our association with the most aggressive, war-mongering countries in the world? The US, UK and their NATO allies, using information from space observations, have attacked and destroyed many countries over the past 20 years, killing millions of people, destroying countries, violating human rights to live and the sovereignty of countries, as well as international law and UN Charter.

America’s wars on earth not good in space either

With such a narrow focus and questions in the consultation document, the MBIE strategy is divorced from reality. It’s far removed from what’s been happening in the world now and the past 2 decades at least. The plan developed by MBIE ignores what America has been doing on Earth and in Space, which is not peaceful at all. MBIE’s plan links Aotearoa/NZ even more strongly as a partner to US/NATO eternal wars, which have destroyed many countries this century, killing millions of people in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Pakistan, using false pretexts (like weapons of mass destruction in Iraq that didn’t exist). America’s latest war targets are Russia and China which America sees as “competitors,” it must defeat. America and its NATO allies with their wars have greatly undermined the human right to life, and the sovereignty of countries, violating international law and the United Nations Charter. SEE

Testing nuclear reactor rocket engines in low earth orbit — safety issues

The submission form and document omits that the US military and NASA have been developing strategies to launch weapons from space and satellites for conveying politicized information to carry out wars against America’s latest enemies, Russia, China, Iran, etc.

Clear & present nuclear war dangers

Awareness of the existential dangers of nuclear weapons for life on Earth has diminished amongst western governments and populations. And it’s evident in MBIE’s strategy document. Covid-19 with its health and economic impacts has diverted attention. We are sleepwalking to nuclear war. Even Aotearoa/New Zealand’s government with its decades-long, life-protecting, nuclear-free policy and history has been distracted. Raising our voice to draw attention to this clear potential today for nuclear war to unravel in Europe, is the most vital priority for the entire world’s basic security. MBIE’s document shows a complete divorce from reality about all this going on now.

Another consideration: Russia & China work to ban space wepons: US won’t agree

The Prevention of an Arms Race in Outer Space (PAROS), is a UN resolution advocating a ban on the weaponization of space. In 1981, debate over weaponization of outer space led the Conference on Disarmament, CD, to begin talks on the PAROS treaty. America is the only country to vote against the resolution, with Israel abstaining, America argues PAROS is unnecessary because there are no weapons, thus no arms race in outer space at this time. Russia and China, which America depicts as threats to its supremacy, have been calling for a global ban on weapons in space since 1981. In July 2003 they delivered their pleas for this ban again at a session of the U.N. Conference on Disarmament in Geneva. Both countries were worried that former US President Bush’s call for early deployment of National Missile Defense (NMD) would create a new, costly arms race in space that would be difficult to stop. The U.S. refused to discuss a moratorium or banning weapons in space then, again saying there was no problem, therefore no need for negotiations.



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