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Carry On Icelandic: Culture [selections] (2004)

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Ķsland ķ NATO, bandarķskur her - Iceland in NATO, the American Military

Ķsland ķ NATO, bandarķskur her

Žegar hafinn var undirbśningur aš stofnun Atlantshafsbandalagsins (NATO), og Ķslendingum bošin ašild, var deilt um utanrķkisstefnu landsins. Ķsland var eina žjóšin ķ bandalaginu sem ekki hafši eigin her né ašrar landvarnir. Yfirgnęfandi meirihluti var žó į Alžingi fyrir ašildinni og hśn samžykkt.

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F-15 orrustuflugvél Bandarķkjahers bašar sig ķ nętursólinni į Keflavķkurflugvelli (A U.S. F-15 fighter jet with the midnight sun in the background at the Keflavķk Air Base).

Žegar įstand heimsmįla varš aftur ótryggt vegna Kóreustyrjaldar 1951 var samžykkt aš Ķslendingar geršu varnarsamning viš Bandarķkin fyrir hönd Atlantshafsbandalagsins og fįmennt bandarķskt herliš yrši stašsett ķ landinu. Meš žessu var lagšur grunnur aš žeirri stefnu ķ varnarmįlum sem hefur veriš fylgt sķšan. Bandarķsk herstöš er stašsett ķ Reykjanesbę, skammt frį Keflavķk.

Margir voru ósįttir viš įkvaršanir stjórnvalda og hrópušu: "Ķsland śr NATÓ, herinn burt!", ,,Ķslenski fįninn, bandarķski bjįninn!" og żmis mótmęli voru höfš ķ frammi. Minna hefur žó boriš į herstöšvarandstęšingum hin sķšari įr.

Iceland in NATO, the American Military

When preparations were made to establish the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and Iceland was offered membership, debate ensued about the line Iceland ought to take in foreign affairs. Iceland was the only nation in the alliance without its own military or defence structure. Nevertheless, an overwhelming majority of the Parliament was in support of membership, and the move was carried.

When world affairs again became unsettled due to the Korean War (1951), a defence agreement was made with America on behalf of NATO which allowed a few American troops to be stationed in Iceland. This decision formed the basis of a direction in military affairs which has been followed since. The American military base is located in Reykjanesbęr, a short distance from Keflavķk.

Many people were dissatisfied with the decision made by the government and protested "Iceland out of NATO, get the army out!", "The Icelandic flag is cool, the American is a fool!" Various rallies were held outside the base. Fewer people have rallied against the base in past years.

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