Irish Anti-War Movement Press Statement 18 June 2014
The Chickens of War Come Home to Roost in Iraq
The Irish anti-war Movement (IAWM) issued a statement today noting that this week’s events in Iraq, beginning with the capture of Mosul by ISIS and continuing with the country’s descent into civil war, are a clear case of the chickens of the 2003 invasion coming home to roost.
Once again it has been demonstrated that George Bush and Tony Blair’s utterly ill-conceived war and occupation have brought to the region nothing but death, permanent instability and growing sectarian conflict.
The Irish Anti-War Movement believes it is imperative we learn the lesson of the illegal 2003 war and its disastrous aftermath, namely that Western intervention, often presented as aiding or liberating the people of the region, serves only to make a bad situation worse.
John Molyneux of the IAWM Steering Committee said:
“For decades the US, assisted by the Western media, has been using the bogey of ‘Islamic Fundamentalism’ to justify its various military interventions and political manoeuvres. For years it has subjected Iran to sanctions and threats. Now it cynically turns to Iran to try to save its face in Iraq. In the process it exposes the utter hypocrisy of its continuing demonization of Islam and Muslims.”
He further noted:
“The IAWM declares its total opposition to any return to Western military or political intervention in Iraq. The problems of Iraq are for the Iraqi people themselves to resolve. We call on the Irish government to make a clear public statement rejecting any policy of intervention.”
The statement concluded by noting:
“We also urge the proven liar and war criminal, Tony Blair, to abandon his hopeless efforts at retrospective self-justification and his continuous war mongering. In the words of Boris Johnson he should ‘put a sock in it’ and ‘put a paper bag on his head’.”
Minister for European Affairs Paschal Donohue said on RTE News recently regarding the Ukraine that “mechanisms must be developed to lead to a de-escalation of the tension”. Sadly the actions of EU foreign Ministers are only fuelling the crisis.
Both the EU and the US quickly legitimised the Government of dubious legality in Kiev whose first declarations included a dictate to restrict the rights of Russian speaking ethnic groups (now thankfully rescinded) and an application to join NATO. The cabinet includes six extreme ultra nationalists including defence secretary Andriy Parubiy, a founding member of the far-right Svoboda party. Is it any wonder ethnic Russians might be worried? Rather than attempt to calm down tensions, EU Foreign Ministers have barely disguised their favouritism in gleefully acting as the tools of US and NATO foreign policy in Europe in its continued military encirclement of Russia, a policy that is only playing into the hands of Putin and his own extreme nationalist acolytes.
Instead of echoing the rampant militarism of the US, EU and NATO, the Irish Government should call for a genuine de-militarisation and de-escalation of the situation and a facilitation of serious peace talks that recognize the legitimate fears and concerns of all ethnic groups within Ukraine with the aim of the development of a non-aligned, nuclear-free country. Ministers Gilmore and Donohue could start by requesting their EU fellow ministers to openly call on NATO to cancel its planned military exercise, Repent Trident, in Ukraine this July and to declare that they will not ask the Ukrainian government to join NATO. The last thing the people of Ukraine need is for US, British and other troops to be romping around their territory stirring up further ethnic tensions.
IAWM PRESS STATEMENT – 06 MAY 2014
• IAWM condemns racist campaign against local election candidate
The Irish Anti-War Movement (IAWM) issued a statement today condemning in the strongest possible terms the disgusting racist campaign being waged against Memet Uludag, the People Before Profit candidate for Castleknock, Dublin 15, in the local elections.
This campaign includes:
a) defacement of a number of his election posters by sellotaping pieces of bacon to them - a well known racial insult to people who are 'assumed' to be Muslim.
b) systematic destruction of his posters either by cutting them in half or removing them altogether. Over 70 of his posters have now been destroyed or removed.
c) Photographing/filming the candidate and his team when they are out postering in a manner designed to intimidate.
The Irish Anti-War Movement considers these actions a particularly outrageous attack on Memet Uludag's democratic rights as an Irish Citizen and on the democratic process as a whole.
John Molyneux from the IAWM Steering Committee said:
“We are of course totally opposed to racism and Islamophobia in all its forms. The fact that Memet is a long-standing supporter of the Irish Anti-War Movement and a member of our Steering Committee only adds to our indignation and to our solidarity with him at this time.”
John Molyneux, Steering Committee IAWM
Memet Uludag, Steering Committee IAWM
Jim Roche, PRO Steering Committee IAWM
Website - www.irishantiwar.org
IAWM STATEMENT ON UKRAINE – 17 MARCH 2014
NEITHER WASHINGTON NOR MOSCOW - NO TO THE WAR MONGERING OF THE US, NATO AND RUSSIA OVER UKRAINE
NO TO THE INCLUSION OF FASCIST ELEMENTS IN UKRAINE’S GOVERNMENT
FOR PEACE AND AGAINST WAR - DE-ESCALATE THE MILITARY RHETORIC AND FACILIATE A PEACE PROCESS AMONG ALL THE UKRANIAN PEOPLE
So long to the great inspiring Tony Benn RIP. Great fighter for social justice and against war. The best way we can honour his legacy is to continue the struggles against war, oppression, colonialism, racism and injustice - http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/mar/14/tony-benn-dies-aged-88-labour-politiican
Stop the War Coalition statement on Ukraine crisis - http://stopwar.org.uk/news/ten-things-to-remember-about-the-crisis-in-uk...