Demonstration to Mark Anniversary of Iraq Invasion

11/03/2012 - 14:00
13/03/2012 - 00:40
Shannon Demonstration on March 11th to Mark Anniversary of Iraq Invasion
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On Sunday March 11th at 2pm Shannonwatch and other peace/anti-war groups from around the country will gather at Shannon Airport to mark the 9th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. Since Shannon was handed over to the American forces, over 2 million armed troops have passed through. Following 12 years of crippling sanctions, their presence in Iraq resulted in up to 1 million people dying and over 2 million refugees.

Shannon has also played a significant part in the occupation of Afghanistan over the last decade. There the results are equally appalling.

Not content with supporting the Afghan and Iraq wars, the Irish political elite have now given a clear signal that they will actively support the US/EU/Israeli war on Iran. By closing the Irish embassy there, they shut the door on dialogue. Shannon is continuing to operate as a US military hub, and if Iran is invaded it will almost certainly play a part.

This war must be stopped because if it goes ahead the consequences will be even worse than those in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The demonstration at Shannon on March 11th will remember all those who have died in the wars that Shannon Airport has been part of. It will also call yet again on the Irish government to end the US military use of the airport.  

Fallujah babies: Under a new kind of siege Doctors and residents blame US weapons for catastrophic levels of birth defects in Fa

Fallujah babies: Under a new kind of siege
Doctors and residents blame US weapons for catastrophic levels of birth defects in Fallujah's newborns.

Seven years after sieges, Fallujah struggles. - Dahr Jamail - 030112

Seven years after sieges, Fallujah struggles
With their city largely destroyed by two US military assaults, residents of Fallujah continue to suffer.
Dahr Jamail Last Modified: 03 Jan 2012 18:02

Many of Fallujah's buildings that were damaged or destroyed in 2004 remain in disrepair [Dahr Jamail/Al Jazeera]
Fallujah, Iraq - Fallujah still bears the scars of war; skeletons continue to be pulled from the rubble of bombed buildings, and, worse, rates of birth defects and childhood malformations have skyrocketed.

There is evidence of reconstruction, but shortages of electricity and clean water remain prevalent. The overall mood in the city is one of anger, hopelessness, and fear.

In April and November of 2004, the United States military launched two massive military sieges against the city of Fallujah, located 60km west of Baghdad, due to on-going resistance there against the occupation.

Doctors at Fallujah General Hospital told Al Jazeera in 2004 that 736 Iraqis had been killed during the April siege. They said approximately 60 per cent of the victims were women, children, and elderly, and told of medical personnel being fired on by US forces while trying to evacuate the wounded.

By the end of nearly three weeks of heavy bombings and a ground invasion in the November siege, more than 1,000 Iraqis were killed, according to Fallujah doctors.

'Everything here is bad'

Most of the residents of the city of 300,000 had been displaced from their homes at that time, and while most have returned, thousands remain homeless, unemployed, and struggle to rebuild their lives.

It is estimated that 70 per cent of the buildings and homes in Fallujah were damaged or destroyed, along with at least 100 mosques, 6,000 shops, and nine government offices.

Rivals say Maliki leading Iraq to 'civil war' - Dahr Jamail: 28 Dec 2011 10:17

Rivals say Maliki leading Iraq to 'civil war'
Iraq's deputy Prime Minister accuses Nouri al-Maliki of acting like "a dictator" amid fears of "chaos and civil war".
Dahr Jamail Last Modified: 28 Dec 2011 10:17

Baghdad, Iraq - Less than 24 hours after the US military withdrew the last of its occupation forces from Iraq, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki ordered an arrest warrant for Vice-President Tariq al-Hashimi on terrorism charges.

Maliki, a Shia, levelled the charges against the highest ranking Sunni in the government - a move that threatens to drag the country back into sectarian bloodshed such as what occurred in 2006-2007 and led to tens of thousands of Iraqis being killed.

The move is particularly dangerous at this time, given the power vacuum created by the US withdrawal.

Just three days after US forces withdrew from Iraq, on December 21, Maliki placed Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlaq, a Sunni politician and a leader of the Sunni-backed Iraqiya bloc, on "extended leave".

In an interview with Al Jazeera on Tuesday, Mutlaq called on Maliki to step down, accusing the prime minister of governing like a dictator and leading the country into chaos.

"My advice to him [Maliki] is that he should leave his chair because he is the reason behind all that is happening in Iraq because he turned into a real dictator in this country," Mutlaq told Al Jazeera.

Mutlaq said this is the most dangerous situation Iraq has been in since the occupation, and said the way Maliki is running the country "will lead to chaos and a civil war".

"He [Maliki] is a dictator without wisdom," Mutlaq said, and called for Maliki to step down immediately. "He should leave his position for somebody else and [we should] form a new government until we reach the election."

Maliki has defended his moves, claiming to adhere to the power-sharing agreement and the Iraqi constitution.

The only reason the Iraq war was wrong is because America lost - Gary Younge, The Guardian, 191211.

The only reason the Iraq war was wrong is because America lost

What shapes Americans' opinions about any war is not that it is wrong and an independent country has been invaded, flattened, millions murdered and thousands tortured: it was wrong because the US lost.

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The Guardian
19 December 2011



Last US troops leave Iraq after nine years - Irish Times, 191211.

Last US troops leave Iraq after nine years



THE LAST convoy of US troops to leave Iraq drove into Kuwait yesterday morning, marking the end of the nearly nine-year war. The convoy’s departure, which included about 110 vehicles and 500 soldiers, came three days after the US military folded its flag in a muted ceremony here to celebrate the end of its mission.

In darkness, the convoy snaked out of Contingency Operating Base Adder, near the southern city of Nasiriyah, at about 2.30am, and headed towards the border.

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