DAG 3 – SPØKELSESBYEN
Ja, vi bor i en spøkelsesby! Hotellet vi bor på var opprinnelig boligen til amerikanske piloter som jobbet på den nå forlatte NATO-basen på Keflavik. Området preges av en masse tomme bygninger… Litt småskummelt, faktisk;)
The first U.S. Military involvement in Iceland dates back to 1941, when Marines arrived according to an agreement between the governments of Iceland, Great Britain and the United States.In addition to their defence role, U.S. forces constructed the Keflavik Airport as a refuelling point for aircraft deliveries and cargo flights to Europe. Following World War II, all military personnel were withdrawn from the country as specified in the original agreement.
Iceland’s charter membership in NATO in1949 required neither the establishment of an Icelandic armed forces nor the stationing of foreign troops in the country during peacetime. However, the Cold War with the Soviet Union and growing world tension caused Iceland’s leaders to think otherwise.Icelandic officials decided that membership in the NATO alliance was not a sufficient defence and, at the request of NATO, entered into a defence agreement with the United States. This was the beginning of the Iceland Defence Force.From the early fifties to the late eighties, the Defence Force was “at the front” of the Cold War and was credited with playing a significant role in deterrence. Keflavik is the host Command for the NATO Base in Iceland.
The USA goverment decided to abandon the base in steps in 2006, and by autumn the evacuation was realized.
Det er tøffe dager, men jeg er ved godt mot! Jeg overbevist om at dette er positivt for både kropp og sjel! Om noen dager, når den verste hungerfølelsen og hodepinen er borte, føler man seg visstnok mye bedre. Kroppen renses for giftige stoffer, og det vil man straks merke effekten av:)