Syria

Stop The Slaughter in Syria - Sat 13/01/2018 - 2PM - Protest at Russian Embassy Orwel Road Dublin

13/01/2018 - 14:00

The Irish Syria Soladarity Movement is organising a protest at the Russiona Embassy on Sat 13th Janurary 2018 at 2PM.

The situation in Ghouta and Idlib is dire. Every day there are more news of bombing and killing of civilians including many children.

Stop the Slaughter in Syria

 The Irish Anti-War Movement has marched from the Russian to the US embassy in the past and is opposition to all bombings and foreign military intervention. As the defeat of ISiS (at least in military terms) is celebrated, the situation in Syria is changing. The regime has hugely escalated its bombing campaign while the US is continuing its involvement through its local partners.

Reports from Syria are grim. Isis/terrorism was a in a way a common excuse for all waring parties, foreign and Syrian. Indeed, what Isis and other sectarian/counter-revolutionary forces did is horrible and we must condemn all, but today we see yet again the regime and Russia as the leading force in bombing hospitals, civilian infrastructure and killing civilians.

A MAJOR WAR IN THE MIDDLE EAST IS NOW MORE LIKELY THAN EVER - from STWC website

Trump’s attack on Syria - not an act of humanitarianism

http://www.irishexaminer.com/viewpoints/analysis/bombs-can-never-be-a-hu...

Edited version of this op ed published in Irish Examiner. Here is the full version.

Trump’s attack on Syria - not an act of humanitarianism

The international outrage caused by the chemical attack on Khan Sheikhun in Idlib province last week which killed over 80 people, most likely carried out by the Syrian regime, is justified and understandable as are calls that something must be done to end the horrific six year war in Syria.

Chemical weapons versus equally horrific weapons
The use of internationally banned chemical weapons against civilian targets are rightly condemned but why does their definition not include such equally awful weapons as depleted uranium and white phosphorous or even conventional weapons? The US Central Command has confirmed that it has used depleted uranium against Da’esh in Iraq. It was used extensively in the 2004 US attack on Fallujah which, a study has shown, has left a legacy of increased rates of infant mortality, cancer, deformed births that are proportionately greater than that those recorded after the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombs in WW2.

The coalition force’s use of white phosphorous has recently been noted in Mosul and was also used by the Israeli Military against Gazans in the 2008-2009 war, in one case attacking a school where civilians were sheltering.
It’s a mute point that the victims of these attacks would be concerned about the academic and scientific distinction between chemical weaponry and other equally barbaric forms of attack often deployed by coalition forces.

Hypocrisy of the US and other western powers

NO END IN SIGHT FOR ASSAD'S BRUTAL REGIME - MOHAMAD BAZZI, IRISH EXAMINER

WITH SYRIA; AGAINST SELECTIVE SOLIDARITY from War Resisters League

SYRIA CONTINUES WITH AIRSTRIKES AMID SUPPORT FROM RUSSIA IRAN - WALL STREET JOURNAL

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