STOP THIS SENSELESS WARMONGERING! NO TO WAR WITH IRAN!

IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT (IAWM) PRESS RELEASE: 03 JANUARY 2020

• NO TO WAR WITH IRAN!
• STOP THIS SENSELESS WARMONGERING!

The Irish Anti-War Movement condemns the reckless targeted assassination of the leader of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards’ Quds force, General Qaseem Suleimani, along with six others by a US air strike at Baghdad airport last night.

This is quite simply a blatant, provocative act of war by the US Government against Iran.

This assassination is the latest in a series of tit-for-tat strikes in the cold war between the US and Iran but this reckless act seriously increases the danger of a new war in the middle east. It will do nothing except escalate tensions across the region and will likely lead to even more violence being inflicted on ordinary citizens who have suffered terribly over the last 20 years from US sanctions, invasion and occupation. It will also allow Iranian leaders free reign to suppress any internal struggles for social justice and democracy.

The omens are not good as already the US Government has instructed all its citizens to leave Iraq immediately and in recent weeks has deployed thousands more troops to the region.

Whatever about Suleimani’s role in fomenting regional violence his leading role in helping defeat ISIS makes him a national hero in Iran which is a highly militarised country with 500,000 armed troops. Iran’s leaders will not take his targeted assassination lightly.

Glenda Cimino, US citizen and a member of the IAWM Steering Committee, said:
“We can no longer afford to make enemies of other people and nations. Our collective enemy is climate deterioration, loss of habitat and species on earth. Trump’s reckless and illegal use of assassinations and cruel sanctions on the Iranian people will not lead to ‘victory’. He is really dangerous for world peace and the sooner he is removed from office, the better.”

Jim Roche, PRO of the IAWM noted that:
“What an inauspicious start to a new decade? This despicable dangerous act is a continuation of Trump’s evisceration of Barack Obama’s Iran Nuclear Deal, a ploy to distract media attention from his impeachment and a cynical stunt for his campaign for re-election in November 2020. It could dangerously escalate tensions between Iran and the US and lead to widespread war; the last thing that the people of the middle east need. We call on the Irish Government to condemn this latest act of war mongering by President Trump and to cease the facility for the US Military at Shannon Airport.”

Contact:
Jim Roche, PRO Steering Committee, IAWM, Tel. 087 6472737
Glenda Cimino, Steering Committee IAWM, Tel. 086 124 9456
John Molyneux, Secretary, Steering Committee IAWM, Tel. 085 735 6424
Michael Youlton, Chair Steering Committee, IAWM, Tel. 086 8159487

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