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Campaign for the Accountability of American Bases
12 September 2001
The Campaign for the Accountability of American Bases (CAAB) join with people round the world to express our utter horror at the terrible violence and devastation in America yesterday. We send our deepest sympathy to all who have been so affected.
The British Prime Minister Tony Blair has said that Britain will 'stand shoulder to shoulder with the US'. We support any move to provide humanitarian help and aid in the aftermath of this disaster. However we utterly reject any form of active retaliation which may be contemplated by the US and British governments.
We are deeply concerned that the British government is expected to give America formal consent for Menwith Hill and Fylingdales in North Yorkshire to be used in George W Bush's Ballistic Missile Defense System ('Star Wars'). As the terrible events in America have shown 'Star Wars' would be no solution in deterring the terrorist who is intent on bringing harm to the US and its allies. The policies of the American government and the presence of US bases in this country and round the world puts all our security at risk.
The path of revenge and retaliation is not the way to settle the inequalities and injustices in the world. We urge all countries to seek peaceful ways to resolve conflict and violence by way of international cooperation and dialogue with one another.
Lindis Percy and Anni Rainbow, Co-Coordinators, Campaign for the Accountability of American Bases.