IAWM Press Release, 24 July 2016
• The Bray Air Display helps to glorify and justify war
The Bray Air Display was attended by well over 50,000 people including tens of thousands of children. Its website referred to some of the participants as “the Daddy of them all – the Red Arrows” from the British Royal Air Force and “Italy’s flamboyant Frecce Tricolori” from the Italian Air Force. These aircraft and pilots come from two NATO countries Britain and Italy. Both countries participated in the wars in Afghanistan where hundreds of thousands of innocent people were killed.
Ed Horgan from the Steering Committee of the IAWM said:
“So its great fun isn't it, watching teams of military aircraft displaying their wares to thousands of young children. Of course not, little children are being "educated" or brainwashed to think that military aircraft are harmless toys and their pilots are heroes. Hopefully these children in Bray will never see fighter jets do loops in the sky as they drop bombs on other children in places like Helmand, Fallujah or Aleppo.”
Up to one million children have been killed in the Middle East directly or indirectly due to US and NATO led wars and genocidal sanctions since the first Gulf war in 1991.
That wasn't much fun then for all those children or for their families.
Over the past week, French and US airstrikes have killed up to 200 people in northern Syria, mainly women and children. Are these victims just collateral damage? British RAF planes have also been in action in Syria and Iraq.
Glenda Cimino, also of the IAWM Steering Committee said:
IAWM Press Release, 07 July 2016
• IAWM WELCOMES CHILCOT REPORT ON IRAQ WAR
The IAWM welcomes the publication of the long awaited Chilcot Inquiry and the fact that it is a serious indictment of Tony Blair’s role in Britain’s involvement in the invasion and occupation of Iraq and the subsequent sectarian blood letting.
The report finds unequivically among other issues that Tony Blair “deliberately exaggerated the threat posed by Sadaam Hussein”, that “there was no immenent threat from Saddam” and that “Britain’s intelligence agencies produced ‘flawed information’”. It also highlights that Blair “ignored warnings on what would happen in Iraq after invasion” and that it had “no post invasion strategy”.
Tony Blair and Foreign Minister Jack Straw consistently misled the British Parliament and distorted the work of the UN and weapons inspectors despite the very clear assurances from inspectors such as Mohammed El Baradei of the International Atomic Agency who said that there was “no evidence of prohibited waepons programmes” and of Hans Blix, the leader of the UN inspection team, who “found no evidence of plausible indication of the revival of a nuclear weapons programme in Iraq”.
We can all remember the scaremongering of the 40-minute timescale in which Sadaam could launch one of these imaginary WMDs. In a disgraceful act of subterfuge Blair also distorted the intelligence when he omitted the qualifications noted by Britain’s Joint Intelligence Committee.
The British people were cajoled into the US-led war on a series of distortions, misleadings and downright lies.
Press Notice: #TrumpNotWelcome
Campaigners opposed to potential Trump visit to Ireland to hold press conference today
1pm Buswell's Hotel today (Wednesday), 22 June
Campaigners in the #TrumpNotWelcome campaign opposed to the potential visit of presumptive Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump will hold a press conference today at 1pm in Buswell's Hotel to announce details of a protest should there be an announcement of a visit by Trump to Ireland at the last minute during his trip to the UK.