as suffering and tension escalate in the Middle East and around Europe further bombing in Syria as a response to the horrific Paris terror attacks is not the solution. It will not work and will only kill and wound more civilians, make many homeless thus creating more refugees, lead to further sectarian division, quite likely only strenghten Da’esh and create further hatred that will only perpetuate the cycle of violence and brutality.
Retired US Army General Mike Flynn has admitted that drone strikes have created more Islamist militants than they have killed and that they have indeed acted as the best recruitment Sergeant for Da'esh. It is not practically possible to direct attacks at solely at military targets as we have witnessed from the appalling bombings of wedding parties and hospitals in Afghanistan, Yemen and just this last week in Syria. An alternative to war and terror must be found.
All military intervention by outside powers must be opposed. There should be an immediate end to arms sales to the region and a ceasefire called with a view towards peace negotiations between all belligerents. The people of the Middle East must be left to choose their own leaders and allowed the capacity to deal with such a reactionary force as Da'esh.
Fintan O’ Toole dismisses the notion that the Paris attacks are a “result of the US invasion of Iraq” yet acknowledges that “its subsequent interaction with the implosion of Syria are important factors in the attacks” (Opinion, 21 November). In justification of his claim he notes that 9/11 happened before the Iraq invasion and that there are many other “interlocking causes of the development of jihadist terrorism.”
03/12/2015 - 18:30
03/12/2015 - 20:00
The Irish Anti-War movement, in solidarity with other anti-war events in the UK, France and elsewhere, is assembling outside the Dail on Thursday December 10th to demand of this government that it upholds Irish neutrality, refuses to facilitate, or participate in, the bombing of Syria, calls for an immediate ceasefire and withdraws permission to use Shannon by the US military.
To prepare for this and future anti-war activities, there will be a meeting on Thursday December 3rd, at 6.30 in the Teachers Club, at 37 Parnell Square, Dublin . All welcome.
NO MORE BOMBING OF SYRIA - CEASEFIRE NOW!
END ARMS SALES NOW - STOP PROFITEERING FROM WARS
RESTORE IRISH NEUTRALITY - US MILITARY OUT OF SHANNON
NO MORE WESTERN WARS IN MIDDLE EAST
Ireland should play no part in the current war frenzy. The claim that bombing will destroy Daesh (Islamic State) is patently false. Bombs are one of the main reasons why we are facing terrorism in the first place. Bombs predominantly kill innocent people and thus help to draw people towards Daesh both in the region and in the suburbs of European cities, where discrimination, racism and disaffection further fuels hatred of Western governments. The political vacuum left from the bombing of Iraq, which killed up to a million people, has been filled by the horror of Daesh. To repeat the same mistake now simply makes no sense.
26/11/2015 - 20:00
IAWM BULLETIN 24 November 2015
In this bulletin:
1. IAWM Public Meeting – After Paris: Stop the Terror, Stop the Wars
1. Public Meeting – AFTER PARIS: STOP THE TERROR, STOP THE WARS
Date / Time: Thursday 26th November, 7.30pm
Venue: Academy Plaza Hotel, 10-14 Findlater Place, Dublin 1 (off Marlborough Street, Parnell Street East end)
Richard Boyd Barret, TD
As suffering and tension escalate in the Middle East and around Europe it is more important than ever to end the vicious cycle of wars, terror, more wars and more terror. Further bombing in Syria as a response to the horrififc Paris terror attacks is not the solution. It will not work and will only kill and wound more civilians, make many homeless, create more refugees, lead to further sectarian division, quite likely strenghten Daesh and deepen the hatred within the Middle East towards western powers and all things western. An alternative to war and terror must be found.
Come along to this important meeting to hear some suggestions as to how we can stop the new mad rush to war by western political leaders.
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Irish Anti-War Movement Press Statement 16 November 2015
After Paris: Stop the Terror, Stop the Wars
The Irish Anti-War Movement believes 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.
The appalling events in Paris come 14 years after 9/11, (itself a response to previous wars and occupations in the Middle East) and the launching of George Bush’s so-called ‘War on Terror’. These 14 years have seen wars on and in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Palestine and elsewhere and yet, predictably the terrorist attacks continue. And still there are those like Francois Hollande and David Cameron who want to respond with more war and more bombing.
The day before the Paris atrocity David Cameron and US Secretary of State were celebrating the killing of so-called ‘Jihadi John’ by a drone strike. The day after the Paris slaughter Francois Hollande says he will respond with ‘merciless war’ and France launches massive air strikes on the IS held city of Raqqa. But no one should imagine that these drone strikes and bombing raids only kill targeted terrorists – on the contrary they kill hundreds and cumulatively thousands and thousands of ordinary people thus fuelling further bitterness.
The anger and rage inevitably unleashed by the horrifying attacks in Paris are then replicated in Syria, Iraq, or wherever the war is unleashed. The bitter desire for revenge continues.
The Irish Anti-War Movement says we must break out of this cycle by stopping making war in the Middle East or, where the Irish Government is concerned, assisting the making of war by allowing the US military use of Shannon.
24/07/2014 - 19:00
Vigil for Gaza, Thursday 24th July 7pm the Post Office, Longford