GE2020 DEBATE - IRISH NEUTRALITY, FOREIGN POLICY AND THE GENERAL ELECTION 2020

Election 2020 No to War Poster

GENERAL ELECTION 2020 DEBATE

The Irish Anti-War Movement (IAWM) is hosting a debate in the ballroom at Wynn's Hotel from 8.30-10.00pm next Wednesday night 5th February.

Facilitated by veteran broadcaster Vincent Browne

IRISH NEUTRALITY, FOREIGN POLICY AND THE GENERAL ELECTION 2020

Participants so far include:

Richard Boyd Barrett, People before Profit (President IAWM)
Councillor Nessa Hourican, Green Party
Aengus O Snodaigh, Sein Féin

all main political parties have been invited.

Come along and hear the arguments.

The IAWM is calling for people to vote for candidates and parties that will reclaim Irish neutrality and close the Shannon War Port.

IRANIAN AND AMERICAN SPEAKERS TO CONDEMN TRUMP’S RECKLESS ACTIONS AT DÁIL PROTEST

IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT (IAWM) PRESS RELEASE: 09 JANUARY 2020

• IRANIAN AND AMERICAN SPEAKERS TO CONDEMN TRUMP’S RECKLESS ACTIONS AT DÁIL PROTEST
• NO TO WAR WITH IRAN!
• STOP THIS SENSELESS WARMONGERING!
• US TROOPS OUT OF THE MIDDLE EAST!
• US MILITARY OUT OF SHANNON!

The Irish Anti-War Movement will hold a protest at Dáil Éireann this evening at 5.30pm to condemn the assassination of Iranian General Qaseem Suleimani, Iraqi Commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and others by a US air strike at Baghdad airport on 03 January.

Iranian, American and Irish speakers will join the protest and condemn the escalation towards another war in the region.

Speakers so far include:

• Dr. Roja Fazaeli, Iranian / Irish citizen and academic
• Dr. Harry Brown, journalist, academic and US citizen
• Glenda Cimino, US citizen and member of the IAWM Steering Committee
• Richard Boyd Barrett TD and President of the IAWM

The IAWM regards this act as a blatant, provocative act of war by the US Government against Iran. To assassinate the second most important leader of a sovereign country is unprecedented and while it is the latest in a series of tit-for-tat strikes in the cold war between the US and Iran this reckless act seriously increases the danger of a new war in the middle east. We have already witnessed strong calls for revenge from Iran and we have seen retaliatory missile strikes by Iran against US military bases in Iraq.

If such a war develops it will lead to even more violence being inflicted on ordinary citizens throughout the Middle East who have suffered terribly over the last 20 years from US sanctions, invasion and occupation.

This escalation towards more war clearly puts the spotlight on the use of Shannon Airport by the US military and the IAWM would echo MEP’s Clare Daly’s analysis that the Irish Government has blood on its hands.

Soleimani assassination risks all-out war between US and Iran - David Gardner, FT

We Choose a World Without War

The attack in Iraq which killed the Iranian general, Qasem Soleimani, is a serious escalation by Trump of a conflict which has now gone on for nearly 20 years. Since the attacks on the world trade centre the “war on terror” has been a justification for every foreign policy adventure of three US administrations. It has also been used for domestic oppression against whistle blowers such as Chelsea Manning.

Trump tapped into war weariness in American society as part of his “man of the people” act. Like Obama before him he has betrayed this promise by continuing and increasing the number of drone strikes and escalating the tensions with Iran since his election.

This latest attack has fueled tensions with his Iraqi allies who have been embarrassed by the strike on their soil without prior knowledge. However, this may not be unintentional as Trump can justify moving troops from Iraq to other bases in the region to better position himself to attack Iran.

Moving some troops out of Iraq would allow Trump to claim to have fulfilled his election promise of 2016 while at the same time securing the Saudi alliance. The conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran is in itself a contest for supremacy between two regional powers who do not have the best interest of their own people at heart, to say nothing of the interests of the people in other countries which they wish to control.

Recent protests in Iran over the cost of living will now be more easily suppressed with the claim of US interference and the actuality of US sanctions which are crippling the economy of Iran. Perhaps Trump hopes to bathe in the glory of being a “War President” as a way to get more votes in the upcoming US election.

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:

Trump's troops pull out not an anti war move: OP ED, WAR AND PEACE

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