SOLIDARITY WITH VICTIMS OF BELGIUM TERROR ATTACKS: END THE TERROR - END THE WARS

IAWM Press Release, 22 March 2016

• SOLIDARITY WITH VICTIMS OF BELGIUM TERROR ATTACKS
• END THE TERROR - END THE WARS

The IAWM condemns the terrorist attacks in Brussels today that have left 31 people dead and many more injured and traumatised. We extend our sympathy to the victims relatives and solidarity to the Belgium people.

As with the attacks in Paris last November, and indeed other terror attacks since then that have not witnessed the same level of media interest, we believe it is necessary to break out of the vicious cycle of war, terrorism and more war and more terrorism - in which we have become locked. Security for ordinary citizens is important but we have to analysis why young men are willing to blow themselves up in crowds of people and why the world is now such a more dangerous place than after 9/11.

Jim Roche, IAWM PRO, who was on route to Brussels before the flight was diverted to Amsterdam, said:

“Despite what many will claim, these attacks are ultimately a response to the perpetual warfare waged by western powers in many middle-eastern countries. These last 14 years have seen wars on and in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Palestine and elsewhere, most of these instigated by western powers often with the clarion call of defeating terrorism. Yet, predictably the terrorist attacks have got worse. The best way to stop these terror attacks is to stop making wars in, and selling armaments to, the Middle East and to sincerely help those refugees fleeing such conflicts. Western Governments need to invest in peacemaking instead of war mongering and promoting zenophobic bartering deals over refugees.”

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