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.”
Martin Turner’s cartoon (30 October) truly captures what so many articles on the refugee issue have failed to even acknowledge i.e. how the actions of the major world powers have created and prolonged the wars that have caused the crisis, primarily through the sale of arms to the Middle East.
An IHS Jane 360 Global Defence Trade Report shows that in 2014 alone both Saudi Arabia and the UAE imported $8.6 billion worth of weapons – more than the whole of western Europe combined, moving the former to the top arms importer in the world. The main beneficiaries of this obscene purchase of destructive weaponry were the US at $8.4 billion, the UK at $1.9 billion, Russia at $1.5 billion, France at $1.3 billion and Germany at $1 billion. Therefore all these powers benefit from the wars raging in the region. These armaments are currently being deployed by Saudi Arabia in such destructive force on one of the poorest countries in the world, Yemen, while many others contribute to prolonging the Syrian civil war.
The Syrian people are being sacrificed in a bloody geopolitical sandwich constructed by the world’s leading powers who are also the world’s biggest arms dealers, with the western powers on one side and Russia on the other, all of whom are perversely addicted to perpetual warfare. It is long past time for an end to arms sales to the region and for an immediate ceasefire between all the belligerents as a prelude to any hope for peace. Simultaneously, a Dunkirk-type operation should be instigated to save and help those refugees fleeing for safety from wars not of their own making.
‘Make No Mistake About It, This Is a War’
U.S. ground troops are being sent to Syria without congressional authorization. Why are so few members speaking up?
By John Nichols
"The Nation" - Congressman Peter Welch has done his due diligence. He has studied the circumstances on the ground in Syria and surrounding countries. He has traveled to the region as part of a congressional oversight trip. He has visited centers for refugees on the Syrian-Turkey border. The Vermont Democrat, who serves on the Subcommittee on National Security, Homeland Defense, and Foreign Operations of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, has gone out of his way to engage in debates, discussions, and inquiries regarding US policy in the region.
30/09/2015 - 19:00
01/10/2015 - 00:45
Galway meeting: Syria:- Refugees and War. Why is this happening, and what can we do?
Public meeting Wednesday 30th September 7pm
We are hearing a lot about Syria in the last while regarding refugees, civil war, and foreign interventions. The biggest group of refugees coming
Since 2011 Syria has been transformed into a warzone. Increasingly external powers have become involved backing their faction allies.
There will be a public meeting debating these questions, held upstairs at Richardson's Bar in Eyre Square, on Wednesday 30th September, at 7pm,
This public meeting addressed by retired lecturer John Molyneux of the Socialist Workers Party will also examine the broader issues of immigration
Confirmed: US “Operation Rooms” Backing Al Qaeda in Syria
By Tony Cartalucci
Captives held by Islamic State were waterboarded
American journalist James Foley while covering the civil war in Aleppo, Syria, in November 2012. (Nicole Tung/AP)
By Adam Goldman and Julie Tate August 28 http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/captives-held-by-islamic-state-were-waterboarded/2014/08/28/2b4e1962-2ec9-11e4-9b98-848790384093_story.html?wpisrc=nl%5Fhdtop
At least four hostages held in Syria by the Islamic State, including an American journalist who was recently executed by the group, were waterboarded in the early part of their captivity, according to people familiar with the treatment of the kidnapped Westerners.