IAWM PRESS RELEASE 07 APRIL 2017
• SUPPORT IRISH SYRIA SOLIDARITY MOVEMENT PROTEST AT RUSSIAN EMBASSY TODAY
• IAWM CONDEMNS OVERNIGHT AIRSTRIKE BY TRUMP ON SYRIA
• AN ESCALATION OF THE WAR IS NOT THE ANSWER
The IAWM supports the protest called by the Irish Syria Solidarity Movement today (Friday) 07 April, assembling at 6pm at Christchurch in Rathgar and marching to the Russian Embassy in Orwell Rd, Rathgar.
It is vital that we show solidarity with the victims of this brutal attack on Khan Sheikhun in Idlib province, apparently carried out by the Syrian regime, which appears to have involved chemical weapons, and has now killed 80 civilians. It is also vital that we show solidarity with all the victims of this proxy war.
Assad’s and Putin’s forces along with others have bombed and killed Syrian civilians and caused havoc for the people of Syria.
The IAWM also condemns the overnight attack on a Syrian airbase ordered by Donald Trump. This escalates the Syrian proxy war further and will undoubtedly lead to further civilian deaths and only prolong suffering for the people of Syria. The IAWM believes that there is no military solution to this conflict and that a political solution must be found.
The overnight US airstrike is a cynical attempt by Trump to reassert US influence in Syria and to deflect from the civilian deaths that he has caused in Iraq, Yemen and even in Syria.
The NGO Airwars, which monitors civilian casualties from airstrikes in the Middle East, has claimed that "almost 1,000 non-combatant deaths have already been alleged from coalition actions across Iraq and Syria in March -- a record claim".
During the last part of March alone:
-- US aircraft bombed homes, a school and a hospital in Tabqah, Syria, killing 20 civilians.
-- A US-led coalition airstrike on a school that was housing 50 families displaced by the fighting near Raqqa, Syria, killed at least 33 civilians.
IAWM PRESS RELEASE 05 APRIL 2017
IAWM CONDEMNS LATEST ATROCITY IN SYRIA AND THE HYPOCRISY OF WESTERN AND RUSSIAN POWERS
The aerial attack on Khan Sheikhun in Idlib province, apparently carried out by the Syrian regime, which appears to have involved chemical weapons, is another terrible outrage in the war which has devastated Syria since 2011. More than 72 people are now reported dead, 20 of these children, and over 200 horribly wounded.
Like with so much reportage from Syria it is difficult to untangle the truth of who is responsible for the carnage. This latest atrocity, whether it is a direct chemical attack by the Syrian regime or a conventional attack on a rebel weapons compound holding chemicals as the Russian Government is claiming, only exposes the games of the outside forces involved in Syria's proxy war.
While condemning this attack the IAWM contends that any further military intervention by outside forces can only prolong the horror of this war for the Syrian people and most be resisted by anti-war and peace activists. This appalling attack therefore must not be used as a justification for yet further Western escalation especially following Donald Trump administration's recent announcement of the deployment of 1,000 ground troops in the country.
This latest atrocity only adds to the litany of recent carnage in the region.
Not so avidly reported by the Western media however is the Western backed assault on Mosul across the border in Iraq which is also causing a huge number of casualties. It is estimated that the US-led coalition bombing raids have killed around 1,500 civilians in March alone and hundreds of thousands have been displaced. On 28 March one US strike alone caused the deaths of 112 civilians in Mosul, according to a CNN report.
The IAWM condemns all these attacks and calls for the withdrawal of all foreign militaries from the middle east and for peace negotiations to ensue.
IAWM PRESS RELEASE 21 MARCH 2017
ON THE 14TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE US LED INVASION OF IRAQ THE IAWM CONDEMNS VISIT TO COBH HARBOUR BY USS DONALD COOK WARSHIP
The IAWM condemns the visit today, Tuesday 21 March, to Cobh Harbour in Cork of the US warship USS Donald Cook.
The USS Donald Cook is a destroyer, equipped with many weapons of mass destruction. "DONALD COOK's vertical launching system can launch long-range surface-to-surface Tomahawk cruise missiles, surface-to-air Standard missile variants, and anti-ballistic missile Standard missile variants. The 5-inch gun mount, 20-mm Phalanx mounts, and hull mounted crew-served weapons can engage surface, air, and land targets with precision."
The ship was used to fire Tomahawk Cruise Missiles on Baghdad on 20 March 2003 in support of the so-called “Operation Iraqi Freedom”. Since then Iraq has been devastated with more than one million Iraqi lives lost, many injured and displaced and has witnessed the rise of Da’esh as a direct result of the post invasion policies of the US and Britain.
Ed Horgan, a member of the Steering Committee of the IAWM and of Shannon Watch, noted that:
“This warship is no more welcome in an Irish port, than the US war planes that are being refueled at Shannon airport on a daily basis. The Tomahawk missiles fired from this ship can be fitted with nuclear weapons, so when it visits Cobh, we won’t know if it has nuclear weapons on board or not, because of course it will not be searched by our security forces. This visit is a breach of Irish neutrality because the US is at war in several countries in the Middle East, and Destroyers such as the USS Donald Cook have been used in the past to literally destroy people and property by launching Tomahawk Cruise missiles at cities such as Baghdad.”
Jim Roche, PRO IAWM noted:
"The ‘military industrial complex’ has metastasized into each section of the US government, into each Congressional district. It is like Stage 4 cancer – rigid to the bones of American institutions. The obscenity of it cannot be questioned because of the fog of patriotism."