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(en) Ambush 2004! Organise! (Ireland)

From Al S <klasbatalemo@yahoo.ie>
Date Mon, 3 May 2004 21:03:37 +0200 (CEST)


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The latest E.U.-U.S. summit is to take place in Dromoland
castle in Clare, in the west of Ireland, on the 26th of June.
George Bush is to land in Shannon airport on Friday
the 25th, and to be ferried from there to the summit
place by helicopter, before going on to a NATO meeting
in Turkey. Also present will be the heads of those
E.U. states involved in the war, such as Italy,
Britain, and Poland. Seeking to iron over their
differences with the supposedly anti-war bloc of
France and Germany. "Anti-war", or rather anti any
changes to the oil contracts they signed with Saddam
Hussein. Hopefully, for the White House, making the
finishing touches to the planned U.N. involvement in
Iraq post June 30th. The choice of Shannon airport,
being particularly apt, for it is this formerly
civilian airport which of late is being turned into
America’s garrison in Ireland. A re-fuelling stop over
for soldiers and weaponry on their way to wars in Iraq
and Afghanistan.

AMBUSH 2004! was formed from a meeting attended by
representatives of Mid West Against Military
Aggression, Galway Grassroots Group, Cork Grassroots
Group, and Dublin Grassroots Group.

AMBUSH 2004! is for making a stand against any
alternative their system offers:

Against the U.S./U.K. war machine, and most
particularly it’s use of Shannon airport as a military
transit point on the way to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Against the United Nations, dominated by five of the
main imperialist powers (Britain, France, the United
States, Russia, and China) – the permanent members of
it’s ruling “security council”, architects and
colluders of the sanctions on Iraq whose effects were
described by a former U.N. bureaucrat as: “over one
million Iraqi civilians, including at least 500,000
children, have died since 1990. Genocide is the right
word for such a sanctions regime.”

Against the Franco-German bloc’s plans for the
militarisation of the E.U. as a counter-balance to the
United States.

Against a White House of the Republicans who led the
onslaught on Afghanistan in 2001 and on Iraq in 2003
up until today.

Against a White House of Democrats, who when it was
previously theirs Secretary of State Madeleine
Albright dismissed the mass murder inflicted by
sanctions with “the price is worth it.”.

The summit offers us a chance to demonstrate our
rejection of murder for profit in front of the world’s
press and T.V. cameras.

But most importantly it offers us a chance to gather
at the place where the Irish state plays it’s role in
the flow of blood, oil and profit: Shannon airport.
Where it happens. Where the war is in Ireland. Shannon
is part of the essential European logistical support
to the war in Iraq, without which the war could not
happen.

Shannon Airport: A Military Base

At least 1 in 4 American troops who served in Iraq
have passed through Shannon airport, 10,000 soldiers
per month (TV3 News, December 6th, 2003)

According to official figures 125,855 American
soldiers went via Shannon to the Middle East last
year, that’s just 10,000 less than the amount
currently serving in Iraq.

The latest official figures just released show that
35,926 troops came through Shannon airport in the
first three months of 2004.
16,797 of these came through on 161 flights in March,
this is a massive increase on February representing
about half the total (46.75%) for the 3 month period.

The American military’s use of Shannon is not a minor
incident, but a crucial pit stop on the road to Iraq.

As American Ambassador James Kenny, recent target of
protests at Galway University, put it when questioned
if this meant the Irish government acted as an ally:
“The Irish Government did, yes. I will say they did.”

But not just an ally of the United States, but of
Israel also:

Last fall the Irish Examiner (3rd September 2003)
reported that a cargo plane carrying 28 Israeli
‘Patriot’ missiles, en route to the U.S. for
up-grading, made a planned stop over in Shannon in
June 2001.

“Each missile contained 44kg of high
explosives and 498kg of rocket fuel. Despite the
dangerous nature of the cargo, four separate
Government departments raised no objections nor made
any detailed comment.”

Other media reports tell of a emergency landing by an
Israeli KC135 cargo plane in July of 2003. What that
was carrying remains unknown, not surprising given as
it was being patrolled around by 28 Mossad agents to
make sure it remained an ‘unknown’.

Not just providing succour to the U.S. murder machine
then, but the Israeli one also. Nor just that but
creating a potential disaster zone by planting an
array of death dealing weaponry amidst a largely
residential area. All the more so when one end of the
runway is right next to a chemicals factory, and the
other not far off a highly toxic aluminium plant. Not
to mention the normal typical everyday highly
combustible fuel one finds in airports.

While actual disaster zones are created of country
after country subject to America military invasion.


Re-kindle the Resistance, actions at Shannon in the
last two years:

August 2002: Small demonstration ignores police
attempts to halt us and enters the airport grounds,
causing war plane to leave without re-fuelling.

September 3rd 2002: Ploughshares action where U.S.
military transport plane is re-painted.

October 12th 2002: 700 strong demonstration, towards
the end of which the fence around the runway grounds
is taken down and one hundred and fifty people
participate in a mass trespass.

December 8th 2002: 400 people protest at the airport.

January 2003: Peace camp is established.

January 18th 2003: Inspired by the peace camp
thousands join protest.

January 30th 2003: Disarmament of U.S. military plane.

February 3rd 2003: Second disarmament of the same
plane, after it had been repaired.

March 1st 2003: Attempt at pre-announced fence breach
and mass trespass.

March 29th: Symbolic funeral march for Irish
neutrality.

June 21st 2003: Small march is prevented from entering
airport grounds and blocks roads in response.

December 6th 2003: Attempted blockade of the airport.

There have also been innumerable vigils, one off peace
camps, regular surveillance of the military uses of
the airport, some actions against Top Oil, the company
which re-fuels the war planes.

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>From the pages of Working Class Resistance#5, regular
bulletin of Organise!. To distribute in your area,
contact Organise! at:

organiseireland@yahoo.ie

http://www.organiseireland.org


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