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IRISH GOVERNMENT MUST ATONE FOR ITS INVOLVEMENT IN THIS FUTILE WAR AND OCCUPATION; IAWM PR ON AFGHANISTAN

IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT (IAWM)

PRESS RELEASE – 17 August 2021

• IRISH GOVERNMENT MUST ATONE FOR ITS INVOLVEMENT IN THIS FUTILE WAR AND OCCUPATION

• IRISH GOVERNMENT MUST CLOSE THE SHANNON WARPORT EXCEPT FOR REFUGEES AND HUMANITARIAN AID

• TWENTY YEARS OF US-LED WAR AN ABSOLUTE CATASTROPHE FOR AFGHANISTAN

• SOLIDARITY WITH ALL AFGHANS AT THIS TIME ESPECIALLY WOMEN AND YOUNG GIRLS

The Irish Anti War Movement is appalled at the scenes unfolding in Kabul as desperate and frightened Afghans cling to the side of aeroplanes while taking off. This is surely the most iconic horrific image of the legacy of a failed, futile 20-year war that should never have happened and a terrible rebuttal to the failed foreign policies and imperial hubris of the US, Britain and the NATO countries.

DEBACLE IN AFGHANISTAN: TARIQ ALI, 16 AUGUST 2021

AFGHANISTAN - MIRAGE OF THE GOOD WAR; TARIQ ALI, New Left Review, March - April 2008

STWC STATEMNENT ON AFGHANISTAN; 150821

https://www.stopwar.org.uk/article/stop-the-war-statement-on-the-situati...

The disaster now unfolding in Afghanistan is the consequence of a twenty-year long failed military intervention. The responsibility rests with the US, British and other NATO governments which plunged into a war that was always doomed to fail. The starting of the conflict, not the manner of the ending of it, was the problem.

Twenty years ago, at the moment of its foundation, the Stop the War Coalition, representing a broad range of political and social movements and organisations, warned against the rush to war and urged other ways of responding to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In particular, we argued that military occupation of Afghanistan could not lead to stable governance, and would be rejected as a foreign imposition by many Afghans.

Swift Taliban takeover proves US and UK analysis badly wrong; Dan Sabbagh, The Guardian, 160821

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