1997 Dec 28 SAC Statement – Feast of the Holy Innocents
We are here today because we are authorized as citizens and bound by conscience to notify you that this base is in violation of international law. The nuclear weapons that are controlled by StratCom threaten mass destruction and are illegal.
Our presence here is also a prayer, a statement of hope that the reign of God will become manifest in our world. We hope for a conversion at StratCom from Herod’s conspiracy of slaughter to the Christ child’s promise of justice and peace.
In the name of national security, Herod was willing to murder innocent children. In the name of national security, StratCom’s weapons threaten the slaughter of millions. Like the Holy Family, millions are now fleeing for their lives from war and oppression. Like Bethlehem’s babies, the lives, health, education and welfare of children are being sacrificed on the altar of militarism.
The promise of Christ’s coming is peace on earth, good will for all. This is the kingdom of God which we want to see realized, here and now. With our action, today we place our faith in the fulfillment of that peaceable kingdom.
Spending money on weapons of mass destruction without addressing fundamental economic inequality in the world is wrong, she said.
In an official statement, the Air Force said it does not object to the peaceful expression of opposing points of view.
‘After all,’ the statement said, ‘the men and women of Offutt Air Force Base serve our nation in order to protect the very rights exercised by the protesters today.’
Unauthorized personnel who cross the line are officially ‘barred’ from the installation.
First-time offenders are escorted off the base. repeat offenders may face prosecution in magistrate court for wrongful re-entry.
Sunday’s protesters ranged in age from 12 to 81 years old.
They came from Wisconsin, Iowa, South Dakota and Washington, D.C.
Monday, December 29, 1997