Belgium: Pax Christi Flanders staff member writes on Belgian Defense's efforts to equip new planes with nuclear capacity
by Willem Staes, Pax Christi Flanders in Knack
28/4/18 - New leaked documents clearly show that the Vandeput cabinet and the army chiefs want to equip new fighter planes with a nuclear capacity. 'The Belgian government wants to continue to participate in this nuclear NATO capacity', it reads.
This revelation sheds new light on the question of whether new fighter aircraft should be equipped with nuclear weapons. Minister Vandeput and air force colonel Van Pee always insisted that a nuclear capacity was hardly a factor in the purchase process for new fighter planes. That claim was invalidated this week.
The masks finally fall off. Defense shows blatant bias and wants to buy fighter planes with a nuclear capacity at all costs. At the same time, it tries to mask this decision from any public and political debate. That backroom policy must stop...