ROYAL NAVY RECRUITMENT ADS HIT LONDON
A new recruitment campaign for the Royal Navy’s Trident nuclear submarines has been unveiled in London. The bus stop posters urge Londoners to ‘Become a Suicide Bomber’ by joining the ongoing “suicide mission” aboard the UK’s nuclear submarine fleet.
UK artist Darren Cullen, 33, who designed the poster campaign, says the ads claim that “Nuclear bombs are suicide bombs” because it is “impossible to use these weapons without also killing ourselves.”
Cullen, who worked with Veterans For Peace UK on the Action Man: Battlefield Casualties films goes on to say, “A country with nuclear weapons is prepared to destroy the world rather than lose a war. With a single weapon system we hold the planet hostage by the sort of terror you only get from thermonuclear missiles.”
The posters point budding recruits to a website at royalnavy.org.uk which demonstrates how the crew of a nuclear submarine must be prepared to destroy human civilization on command. In a series of diagrams the site also shows how the crew of the sub would not survive the launch of Trident, and how even a “limited” nuclear war could wipe out all life on Earth.
“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.” Cullen points out that the British government refuses to rule out first-use of nuclear weapons and has stated it may use them even if its ‘vital interests’ are threatened. He goes on to say that, “due to NATO and our alleged Special Relationship, we’re also committed to a nuclear suicide pact with America.”
Ben Griffin, ex-SAS and now coordinator for Veterans For Peace UK said the project, “Highlighted the hypocrisy,” of Trident renewal. “We are told that Trident keeps us safe. But ownership of Trident puts us on the target list of other nuclear states.”
Dozens of posters appeared around London overnight installed by Special Patrol Group (@specialpatrols), a subvertising organisation responsible for a series of posters criticizing the DSEI arms fair and racism in the Metropolitan Police.
Darren Cullen is an artist and illustrator, best known for his work at Dismaland, ‘Pocket Money Loans’ and his Action Man: Battlefield Casualties toy range and advert. His website is www.spellingmistakescostlives.com