The US are gearing up for war with Iran. The killing of Iranian General Suleimani by the Trump administration was a clear provocation. Iran retaliated last night by launching air strikes on US missile bases in Iraq, edging the conflict closer to all out war.

The Irish State is utterly complicit in this aggression. Peace activists report the following aircraft landing at Shannon Airport or flying in Irish airspace since the killing of General Suleimani on January 3rd.

  1. A US spy craft likely to have played a role in recent attacks in Iraq and Syria flew through Irish airspace on January 4th.
  2. A civilian aircraft likely to be carrying armed soldiers from Fort Briggs in El Paso, Texas landed at Shannon Airport on January 4th.
  3. A military aircraft refueled at Shannon Airport on January 4th.
  4. Two civilian aircraft with registration numbers assigned to the US military were refueled at Shannon Airport on January 5th. Both these aircraft had been at Guantanamo Bay in the previous week.
  5. A US military aircraft flew over Irish air space on January 5th.
  6. A Saudi Arabian air force aircraft landed at Shannon Airport on January 5th. Saudi Arabia is an ally of the US and is currently engaged in a brutal war of aggression against Yemen.

Any notion that Ireland is a neutral country is laughable when the Irish State aids and abets the US in pursuing its imperialist wars. The US continues to destroy the lives of people in the Middle East and the Irish government helps them do it.

It is no wonder Fine Gael were so keen to commemorate the RIC when they so eagerly do the bidding of the world’s biggest modern imperialist power. Moreover, the use of Shannon Airport makes Ireland a target for any retaliation.

US aggression towards Iran goes back decade. . The US overthrew the democratically elected government there back in 1953. In the 1980s, they supported Iraq’s attacks on Iran. Now, after years of sanctions, the US threatens all out war.

Moreover, the Iraqi government has voted to expel US troops from Iraq, a move that US President Trump has greeted with more bombastic rhetoric and threats. Far from “returning democracy” to the country they have destroyed over the last two decades, it is clear the US war machine has no intention of leaving people to try to rebuild their lives in peace.

It is time for the US to get out of the Middle East an it is time for the US military to get out out of Shannon Airport.

 

Public Meeting: No War On Iran – US Out of Shannon

Wynne’s Hotel, Middle Abbey Street, Tuesday January 14, 7:30pm.

Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin is the People Before Profit candidate for the Dundrum ward in Dublin Rathdown. He is a musician, a Psychology graduate and a native Irish speaker. Eoghan is part of a newly politicising generation of young activists who are no longer willing to accept a political system that allows thousands of people to remain homeless, that leaves tens of thousands of people on hospital waiting lists, that leaves asylum seekers languishing in the glorified prisons that are the Direct Provision system, and that is doing nothing to stop an existential threat to the human species due to climate change. The water charges and repeal movements have shown over the last few years that people power can win positive changes, and Eoghan believes we can draw inspiration from these victories in other struggles. As a Psychology graduate, Eoghan has a major interest in mental health, and is particularly concerned with a system that is a breeding ground for mental distress. With people now being forced to work longer hours, experiencing mortgage distress, paying exorbitant rents, childcare and other costs, and with almost 800,000 people living in poverty, it is little wonder that we are experiencing a mental health crisis. While the increased awareness of mental health issues in recent years is welcome, it has not come with any significant action on the part of the government to improve the situation. Eoghan believes the fight for improved mental health is two-faceted: We need to fight for better services, but we must also fight for a better society that provides people with their needs and allows them to flourish, explore their own creativity, and enjoy their lives. Eoghan has been heavily involved in campaigns for housing, repeal of the 8th amendment, ending direct provision and many other issues over the last few years. He believes that real change can only come through grass roots campaigns from below and if elected, he will use his position as a platform for progressive ideas and to further build these campaigns.

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