Irish Anti War Movement
IRISH ANTI WAR MOVEMENT (IAWM) PRESS RELEASE 12 MARCH 2022
• IAWM STALL AT THE SPIRE DUBLIN TODAY FROM 1PM
• STOP PUTIN’S WAR NOW - SUPPORT RUSSIAN ANTI-WAR PROTESTERS
• NO TO ESCALATION BY PUTIN - NO TO ESCALATION BY NATO COUNTRIES
The Irish Anti War Movement (IAWM) will have a stall this Saturday at the Spire, O Connell Street in Dublin from 1pm calling for an end to Putin’s war on Ukraine.
The IAWM continues to condemn Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and we call on the Russian Federation to withdraw its military immediately.
On the 17th day of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine the war is entering a new phase as Russian tanks and artillery begin to surround Kyiv, Putin’s military attacks cities in west Ukraine and he invites Syrian mercenaries to join his fight against Ukrainians. The latter is particularly worrying given their brutal record in their own country. It could also reflect the fact that the Russian military has lost so many soldiers so far, including some of high command.
The war has all the hallmarks now of descending into a prolonged war of attrition with increased indiscriminate shelling of civilian areas, imminent sieges of cities, street to street fighting, complete destruction of buildings, horrendous conditions for refugees and the ever-present threat of a nuclear accident or conflagration.
We condemn this brutal escalation by Putin, we acknowledge the right of Ukrainians to defend their country and we call for a ceasefire and for meaningful peace talks.
The provision of further weaponry and volunteer fighters by western countries is not the answer. It also represents a further escalation of the war. It is clear from the declarations by western leaders after the Versailles Conference yesterday that they are set on using Putin’s brutal invasion of Ukraine as an excuse to both prolong the war and hence the suffering of Ukrainians and to increase militarisation generally.
THERE MUST BE A CEASEFIRE NOW!
STOP THE MAD RUSH TO A WAR OF ATTRITION!
Escalating and prolonging this war will be an absolute catastrophe for the people of Ukraine and beyond. Foreign Governments instead should be encouraging diplomatic efforts to stop the war. There is absolutely no evidence of this happening which is truly shocking.
Jim Roche, PRO of the IAWM said:
“We condemn this escalation by Putin as we also condemn the escalation by western powers. The war on Ukraine is looking more and more like a proxy war between Putin’s Russia and the west, particularly the US. On our anti-war stall today, we will be calling clearly for an end to this war, for a meaningful ceasefire and for serious peace negotiations to address the ongoing disagreements between Ukraine and Russia. We will also be pointing out the double standards of western leaders in relation to other ongoing wars particularly that in Yemen.”
Jim Roche, PRO Steering Committee, IAWM, Tel. 087 6472737
Sara O Rourke, Member, Steering Committee, IAWM, Tel. 087 6024821
Glenda Cimino, Steering Committee IAWM, Tel. 086 124 9456
Marnie Holborrow, Member, Steering Committee, IAWM, Tel. 087 9889244
Michael Youlton, Chair Steering Committee, IAWM, Tel. 086 8159487
John Molyneux, Member, Steering Committee, IAWM, Tel. 085 7356424
Join us for an evening of live music, Yemeni food, poetry, and talks ahead of our protest on the 6th anniversary of the war on Yemen
Line up include:
- Markas Carcas & The Trail Gang
- The Resistance Choir
- Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin
- Luke Barnett
- Calvin James (DJ set)
As Russia increases its presence in the Crimean Peninsula and its sabre rattling towards Ukraine, NATO is being portrayed by the establishment as a necessary protector. But can NATO be a positive force? John Molyneux looks at the history of NATO intervention and argues that its function is not to protect ordinary people, but rather to further the United States’ own imperial ambitions.
NATO, RUSSIA AND IRISH NEUTRALITY; UNPUBLISHED LETTER SENT TO IRISH TIMES ON 03 FEBRUARY 2022
Ms. Alanna O Malley‘s opinion piece (Irish neutrality is not a free ride on the back of NATO, 02 February) asserts that Geraldine Byrne-Nason’s contribution to the debate at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Monday, and in particular “by making Russia answerable in this public forum“ somehow ingratiates Ireland with the mantle of a more credible neutrality thus potentially asserting “our identity as proactive peacemakers“.
A quick review of Ms. Byrne-Nason’s speech however paints a somewhat different picture. While she certainly called for the need for "de-escalation, diplomacy and dialogue" she is quite clear that the tension in Ukraine arises only from Russia’s military build-up. NATO’s aggression is not mentioned once. It gets a free ride on the culpability front.
We should not be surprised by this partisan stance given, not that Ireland accepts a free ride from NATO as Ms. O Malley suggests, but that successive Irish Governments have actively supported it over the last 20 years and continue to do so.
Millions of US troops and a number of extraordinary rendition flights have stopped at Shannon Airport on their way to and from disastrous wars with the full and unquestioned imprimatur of successive Irish Governments. This collusion with NATO member states continues as we read in your newspaper of the military exercises carried out by the RAF (“British aircraft increase activity off Ireland ahead of Russian drills", 01 February), ironically on the same day that Ms. Byrne-Nason was highlighting Russia’s aggression. That such exercises occurred "within the Irish exclusive economic zone (EEZ)" is noted without a hint of embarrassment or concern by your reporters and met with silence from the Government. It does not require much serious investigation to ascertain that such military exercises by NATO countries have frequently taken place within the Irish EEZ - just ask the fishermen.
If the Irish Government is sincere about the honourable ambition of acting as an honest broker between warring nations that would allow it as Ms. O‘ Malley suggests, to "assert our identity as proactive peacemakers“, then it must condemn unequivocally and equally the dangerous warmongering of both NATO and Russia over Ukraine and call for all military exercises within the Irish EEZ to stop. It could start doing this, in a non-partisan manner, at the UNSC. And of course it should once and for all remove the free-riding facility to the US military at Shannon Airport.
PRO Irish Anti-War Movement,
PO Box 9260,
Tel: 087 6472737