Comments "Public protest when Iceland joins NATO 1949":
Author: DizilIf vassalage is a good choice, then, yeah, you certainly picked well.
Author: Meshakari have 2 things to say 1, all of those protestors are communists(vinstri grænir og samfilkingin) and 2, if we get out of nato other countries can attack oss and no one needs to help oss if we stay in nato and get attack other nato nations are obligated to help oss. but if we join the EU we will lose our independence and we will allsoe lose it if those communists stay longer in power. dont forget that netherland and luxenburg were neutral during ww2 and they were defeaded.
Author: Doktilar@alieu156 True the Soviets would propabky nuke oss but if we would be in Nato then Nato countries would have to retaliate, if we would be neutural then no body would have to do a god dam thing. There are two who have, the Americans and the British. But we all welcomed there arival, not a single shot was fired, only few politictians that protested but thats it. They obeyed our laws during there stay, we traded, and we got good friends in the prosess.
Author: Tararesistance !
Author: Taurgi have 2 things to say 1, all of those protestors are communists(vinstri grænir og samfilkingin) and 2, if we get out of nato other countries can attack oss and no one needs to help oss if we stay in nato and get attack other nato nations are obligated to help oss. but if we join the EU we will lose our independence and we will allsoe lose it if those communists stay longer in power. dont forget that netherland and luxenburg were neutral during ww2 and they were defeaded. leingi lifi Ísland!!!
Author: KajinosWhen our land got independence from Denmark our "founding fathers" stated clearly that we should be a neutral country. Joining and co-founding Nato clearly goes against our neutrality position. Plus why pay for something we don't need?
Author: MautilarSome farmers here have been fighting the Government for decades and have them force NATO to clean up pollution in old abandoned military installations on theyr land, but the Icelandic governments were bound by this NATO secrecy, some gave false hopes and others just ignored the problem, a American Native would appreciate how much we care about our land but the same can not be said about NATO.
Author: MoshakarI can think of 2 other reason, the fact that NATO has no real adversary after the Cold War ended questions the necessity for its continued existence (its basically a relic, desperately trying to find a new function in these new times) and then its the unnecessary secrecy, Allied Governments officials may not reveal information to the public that are outdated and are no real threat to National Security, like a 1950's contract saying NATO does not have to clean up pollution left by them in Iceland
Author: FaedalWhat a refreshment!
Author: Gashakar@TheIcelandicPatriot Actually joining Nato dramatically increased the probability Iceland would be attacked during the Cold War. The US had a submarine detection centre as well as an airbase located in Iceland. The anti-submarine centre was key to Nato strategy in the North Atlantic. This meant that Iceland would become an obvious target for the Soviets if war broke out. Iceland probably would have been nuked. If Iceland had been neutral, the Soviets would have no reason to attack it.
Author: KemiEveryone wins.
Author: Jucage@TheIceland Iceland would not have been important if it wasn't for the US base. If war had broke out, Rejkavik probably would have been nuked. There is no way the Soviets would have nuked Iceland if it was neutral. Funny how they always make you afraid of these faraway threats, isn't Britain the only country to have actually occupied Iceland since independence?
Author: NejarPlus why pay for a Virtual Protection like that, when other members are actively working against us, UK
Author: Kigatilar@ellitho Simple. Neutrality gives very little protection and if it comes to war we will have an army to protect oss.
Author: VoodoozahnIt all boils down to - join NATO so it wouldn't attack you or as Bush made it clear "either with us or against us".
Author: DocageWe should always be neutral I believe. Never to participate in wars because wars are always a tragedy and serve the only purpose of making those who sell guns and warfare machines and techology profit from it. The people gain nothing except death and destruction.
Author: GoltihnAnti-NATO and anti-EU?! :-,
Author: DoshoA country with no army sometimes needs protection. If we would not have NATO protection and we would be attacked we would be overrun in less then a day.
Author: Nagrelno nwo now !
Author: Dijorafree iceland !
Author: ZuluraIceland please drop NATO now.
Author: ShajoraWe are protected and we will help others if they need our help.
Author: VoodoorWe are a strong people and if someone wants a go at us we will sell our lives dearly.
Author: Mogore@alieu156 The Soviets were pigs. If Iceland would be a strategic island (it is) and if Nato would not asked oss to join the Soviets would have taken our country. As i inplied in my other comment, Just because your neutural does not make you 100% safe. Only 20% or so. This was a time where we needed to pick a side. And we picked well.
Author: JutilarCowards pick neutrality. If we vote for freedom then that side is ours.
Author: KajigoreThey are our friends, They are our family.
Author: VudolrajasBut in the end our strong will for freedom and liberty is no match to the Russian army. We are too few to fight against them without support.
Author: GugoreWanna move to Iceland! :))
Author: Maktilarhvar get ég séð full footage af þessu?
Author: Moogukasagod hugmynd.