NEW STUDY ON CIVILIAN DEATHS DUE TO US / UK WARS IN MIDDLE EAST

TRUMP vs NORTH KOREA; a 1945 echo by Prof Paul Rogers

UNPUBLISHED LETTER TO IRISH TIMES RE. LACK OF MEDIA COVERAGE OF CARNAGE IN MOSUL, IRAQ

Sir,

why is there no media and public outcry over the appalling indiscriminate killing and destruction in Mosul, which according to the mainstream media has recently been ‘liberated’? Surely the impact on the civilian population is comparable to what occurred in Aleppo last year, which received widespread media coverage?

In his report from the war front (Body bags in the boot: the battle for Mosul, News Review 15 July 2017) which was high in emotion but short on facts and analysis, RTE reporter Fergal Keane tells us that the Iraqi authorities do not want us to know either the number of civilian casualties killed by coalition airstrikes nor the number of military casualties.

The Iraqi authorities have probably inherited this practice from their paymasters in the US military who have always refused to count the victims of their war games. It is however the duty of investigative journalists to try to ascertain these figures.

Keane could have quoted the recent detailed report by Amnesty International, that refers to the figures produced by the monitoring group Airways, which estimates that during the four-month period of February to June this year over 5,800 civilians have been killed due to attacks by Iraqi and coalition forces alone. For comparison that is three times the number of civilians that were killed in Northern Ireland during the 30-year conflict.

It is likely that some of these were killed in the massive attack that caused the four-storey deep crater that Keane describes. It is clear that western coalition and Iraqi forces have shown a flagrant disregard for the lives of civilians not unlike their counterparts in Da’esh. This terrible violence only worsens the suffering of ordinary Iraqis and deepens the sectarian strife set in train by the disastrous Bush / Blair invasion of 2003 and weakens the possibilities for peace and justice in Iraq anytime soon.

IAWM CONDEMNS THE INCLUSION OF MILITARY AIRCRAFT IN BRAY AIR SHOW

IAWM PRESS RELEASE 20 APRIL 2017

The Irish Anti-War Movement welcomes the celebration of aviation on display this weekend at the Bray Air Show but condemns the inclusion of military aircraft.

While tourism and entertainment for families are important during the holiday period, air shows, such as that planned for Bray this weekend, involving the type of military aircraft that are involved in killing thousands of people in the Middle East in unjustified wars are inappropriate and an example of war tourism.

The F18 fighter jet and the Swedish Vigen are current military jets. Jordan and the UK RAF, who are both represented at the Bray Air Show, are currently carrying out bombing raids in Iraq and Syria.

Other examples of Irish involvement in such war tourism in recent times include the favourable and uncritical media coverage given to several young Irish men, former members of the Irish and British forces, who seemed to have become bored with their military service and went to fight with Kurdish separatist forces in Syria and Iraq. People who claim to be Christians helping to break up sovereign states at enormous cost to the peoples of these states are not heroes. This is just as much terrorism as is the actions of foreigners who claim to be Muslims fighting with ISIS.

Edward Horgan of the IAWM Steering Committee said:
“Conditioning the minds of young children to normalizing military aggression is wrong. Those young Irish men fighting in the killing fields of the Middle East may well have been exposed as children to militarized air shows, and western films and other media that glorify war and fail to put war into its proper context of the gross violation of the human right to life and peaceful existence.”

Jim Roche PRO of the IAWM said:

AT ANY COST - THE CIVILIAN CATASTROPHE IN WEST MOSUL: REPORT BY AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

Irish Anti War Movement condemns the proposal that Irish Naval Service is to participate in EU Naval Force, Operation Sophia

IAWM PRESS RELEASE 07 APRIL 2017

The Irish Anti War Movement condemns the proposal that Irish Naval Service is to participate in EU Naval Force, Operation Sophia.

The Government has announced that the Dail will be asked to approve the Irish Naval Service changing its role in the Mediterranean from a purely humanitarian mission of rescuing migrants at risk of drowning to a more aggressive military role that includes intercepting and arresting people-trafficking criminals and militias and destroying and sinking their boats. It would appear that this is being rushed through the Dáil at short notice in order to comply with the so-called triple lock, which involves the necessity to achieve UN, Dáil and Government approval for any overseas missions by the Defence Forces. The fact that this new mission has UN approval does not necessarily mean it is appropriate for our Defence Forces.

In 17 March 2011, at the behest of the UK, France and the USA, the UN Security Council Resolution 1973 approved a limited military action by NATO forces in Libya, supposedly to protect civilians in the Bengazi region. NATO and EU military forces went on to abuse this UN approval to effect regime change including the overthrow and murder of the Libyan President Qaddafi, leaving Libya in total chaos ever since. Since there is still no clear Government in Libya, it will be almost impossible to distinguish between boats off the coast of Libya being operated by criminals, militias or Libyan naval or coastguard services.

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