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For 10 years now, the US has exerted considerable financial and political leverage in trying to resolve this impasse with Belau. The compact has undergone several revisions. Local politicians have been courted by State Department officials, and President Remeliik of Belau – an anti-nuclear president – was assassinated in 1985. Repeated referenda have been forced on the Belauan people. Yet in spite of all the money, all the pressure, and all the unscrupulous tactics, the US has still not been able to produce a favorable outcome. In February 1990, voters went to the polls for an astounding seventh time, again rejecting the CFA and upholding their constitutional sovereignty.
It can be safely assumed that the US will not cease in its attempts to protect its defense and foreign policy interests. These efforts, however, are under increasing challenge, not just from the people of Belau, but many other anti – nuclear activists across Micronesia who oppose their government’s acquiescence to the CFA. Indeed, growing anti-nuclear sentiments throughout the entire Pacific have caused much consternation in Washington circles.
Micronesia is just one of many regions in the Pacific marred by the effects of brutal colonialism, but its story is sadder than most. As one writer has aptly stated, “Over the past 40 years the Micronesians have been helpless victims of the US military, human guinea pigs ? on whose persons and on whose soils, America’s nuclear technologies could be tested while the United Nations and the world looked the other way”.
This is the tragic, little-known reality of US “benign neglect”.