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(en) Ireland: Libertarians against Nice to protest at Shannon Airport

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Fri, 11 Oct 2002 11:46:15 -0400 (EDT)


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> From: "Andrew" <andy@dojo.tao.ca>
Press Release - Oct/11/2002 - No embargo
Members of Libertarians Against Nice will take 
part in tomorrows (Saturday 2pm) anti - (Iraq) 
war demonstration at Shannon Airport called by 
the 'Irish Anti-War Movement'.  We will be 
protesting at the continued use of Irish 
airports by US military planes.

Speaking for LAN Andrew Flood said

"Over the last year over 500 US military planes 
have refuelled and trained out of Shannon 
airport.  This shows that the issue of the 
growing militarisation of Ireland is not simple 
whether or not Irish soldiers take part in EU 
wars.  Already we serve as a supply base of a 
military force actively involved in one war in 
Afghanistan and about to launch a second in 
Iraq.

"In recent years Ireland has become increasingly 
involved in the wars of the EU and its main 
ally, the USA.  These mighty military forces do 
not need the very small and primitively equipped 
Irish army to fight for them.  What they have 
needed and have got is the use of Irish 
airspace, airports, and seaports to facilitate 
transportation of soldiers and weapons around 
the globe.

In the Nice referendum the people of Ireland 
have a chance to express their opposition to 
this growing militarisation by voting No."

Speaking for LAN Chekov Feeney said

"The Nice treaty brings us another slow step 
down the path of EU military integration and in 
particular, the transferral of responsibility 
for military matters from the WEU to the EU. The 
Nice treaty includes an amendment to Article 17 
of the Treaty of Europe. Pre-Nice the article 
included the following in paragraph 1:

"The Western European Union (WEU) is an integral 
part of the development of the Union providing 
the Union with access to an operational 
capability notably in the context of paragraph 
2. It supports the Union in framing the defence 
aspects of the common foreign and security 
policy as set out in this Article. The Union 
shall accordingly foster closer institutional 
relations with the WEU with a view to the 
possibility of the integration of the WEU into 
the Union,"

"This passage has been deleted as part of the 
Nice treaty, probably because the integration 
has been achieved! The EU now assumes formal 
responsibility for 'operation capability notably 
in the context of paragraph 2'. This refers to 
"humanitarian and rescue tasks, peace keeping 
tasks and tasks of combat forces in crisis 
management, including peacemaking." The other 
mention of the WEU in the Treaty of Europe, in 
Article 17, paragraph 3: "The Union will avail 
itself of the WEU to elaborate and implement 
decisions and actions of the Union which have 
defence implications", is also deleted.

"The EU becomes the official military alliance 
of Western Europe and Ireland's neutrality 
becomes utterly meaningless. Ireland will be 
part of an EU military alliance which will serve 
as NATO's European arm. The responsibilities of 
this agreement are broad enough to cover any 
conceivable type of military action. Peacemaking 
is a particularly vague term. It means making 
peace where there is war by the use of military 
force - best achieved by winning the war! Given 
the sorry history of NATO's interventions in the 
past and the political realities of the global 
power order, it is all too likely that 
'peacemaking' will mean aerial bombardments and 
military invasions of poor countries by the 
armies of the wealthy, all in the 'national 
interest' of the powerful states. Do you want 
your tax money to pay for this?



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More information on the EU, Nice and 
militarisation at 
http://struggle.ws/ireland/nice/analysis/militarism.html

Libertarians against Nice
http://more.at/stopnice


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