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Ramstein Base: A symbol of US power in Europe

A plane crash, a hundred nuclear missiles, a metallic ribbon and a symbol of power and influence: much is hidden behind the name of Ramstein, the US air base, where the US called 40 countries today to address the security situation in Ukraine.

Ramstein-Miesenbach in the Kaiserslautern district of southwestern Germany is a city of about 8,000 people where the Germans built an airbase in 1951. Designed by the French and occupied by the Americans in 1953, today it is the barracks of the general of the country. Air Force in Europe and a symbol of their influence on the continent.

The United States has military bases in 50 countries around the world – compared to 16 in Russia – and 17 of them are European. In 1951, at the start of the Cold War, when the memory of World War II was still very fresh, American power positioned itself in Europe and, in this particular case, charted land in West Germany divided after the conflict.

Just like the economy or the number of armaments, the number of foreign military bases a country has is a great indicator of its power. The US does not slouch: they have about 1,000 military installations and bases scattered around the globe. Approximate number, because the Pentagon is hiding something. It is no coincidence that today’s meeting is taking place in Ramstein. American power once again demonstrates its strength and influence in Europe in the face of the Russian threat.

Relations between Ramstein, Germany and the US have been tense in recent decades. In 1983, the US Army decided to deploy 108 Pershing II missiles in Germany, a new generation of medium-range ballistic weapons that, according to various estimates, could reach the skies over Moscow. The missiles were a response to Russia’s deployment of medium-range weapons. This was known as the Euromissile Crisis. This decision raised the temperature of the Cold War, one of the main scenarios of which was in Germany.

One night in 1983, one hundred nuclear missiles flew into this base in western Germany.

108 Pershing II missiles flew overnight in November 1983 to the Ramstein base, and from there, in complete secrecy, they were transported to the American base in Mutlangen, near the city of Schwäbisch Gmünd, in the south of Germany.

Since the early 1980s, the deployment decision has provoked ongoing protests by the peace movement and the anti-nuclear movement in the form of demonstrations that have drawn half a million people. In this context, the government of the Social Democrat Helmut Schmidt, which was in the minority after the flight of his liberal partners and his own deputies (in an uprising led by Willy Brandt), resigned in 1982, giving way to Helmut Kohl’s Christian Democrats. .

In 1988, an air show killed 70 people and seriously injured about 500.

On August 28, 1988, during an Italian Air Force exhibition at a US base, an accident occurred in which 70 people died and almost 500 were seriously injured. Several planes of the Pattuglia Acrobatica Nazionale aerobatic team, the “Arrow Tricolor”, crashed in the air while trying to draw a “pierced heart”. The plane, which was supposed to pass through the heart, called “solo”, crashed into one of the formations, crashed to the ground and crashed into an ice cream van, setting off a fireball.

In 1994, this story of misfortune inspired the name of the controversial German metal band Rammstein. Although there is a song on their first album Herzeleid describing the events of that day in August 1988, the band later denied any connection to their name from the accident.

Anecdotes aside, since the construction of the air base in 1951 and the controversial songs of Rammstein, a world order has developed that is trying to maintain itself in a precarious balance, moving further and further away from the principles of peace and coexistence and approaching, with the distant sound of bombs as a melody, the scenario of a real politics taken to the extreme, who, seeing what he saw, could give a name to dozens of other heavy metal bands.


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