Fake recruitment posters for Britain’s Royal Navy have appeared across London as part of a campaign to pressure the government into scrapping the nation’s independent nuclear deterrent.
Encouraging those who would be interested in launching a hypothetical suicide attack to visit a fake government website for recruitment, the posters link Britain’s continuous-at-sea-deterrent with the concept of suicide bombers, best known today for religious killings.
Showing a group of sailors caught in the cross-hairs of a weapon’s scope, the poster also shows a surfaced submarine, and a rendition of the former corporate logo of the Royal Naval service.
The posters read: “The crew of our nuclear submarines are on a suicide mission. To launch their missiles means death is certain, not just for them, but for the millions of innocent people those bombs will obliterate, and for the rest of us too.
“Nuclear bombs are suicide bombs”.
— Darren Cullen (@darren_cullen) February 2, 2017
Many of the claims on the poster and the associated website are unsubstantiated, given details of the role and exact capabilities of nuclear submarines are governed by the Official Secrets Act and are not in the public domain. Further, hundreds of nuclear explosions were detonated during the 20th century without ending human civilisation.
The posters are the creation of Darren Cullen, the mind behind a former anti-recruitment campaign for the British army which described British soldiers as “meat” and was illustrated with a coffin filled with human organs.
Speaking to Veterans for Peace, Cullen said: “Terrorists are willing to commit suicide to brutally murder innocent people, but so are we. In fact, we’re about to spend £205 billion on upgrading our ability to do so… due to NATO and our alleged Special Relationship, we’re also committed to a nuclear suicide pact with America”.
Nuclear weapons, which are held as a final guarantor of Britain’s independence and strategic freedom have been a key target for disarmament campaigners who maintain the best way to guarantee world peace is to ensure Western nations are unable retaliate in the case of a first strike by an enemy.
While organisations like the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament have largely fallen silent since the end of the Cold War, interest in their goals have seen a resurgence in this decade as Britain sought a way to renew their Nuclear deterrent for the 21st century, and one of the campaign’s longest serving members became leader of the Labour Party.
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