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(en) Ireland, WSM* Workers Solidarity #91 - 3rd anniversary of invasion of Iraq

Date Thu, 06 Apr 2006 16:33:07 +0300


Stop refueling of US warplanes at Shannon
Article marking 3rd anniversary of invasion of Iraq. Calls for those
of us who oppose the war should be realistic and concentrate our energies at
the point where we can have most effect. In Ireland this means tackling our
complicity in the war by stopping the U.S military from using our airports
> Anti War: Back to Basics
This March marks the third anniversary of the invasion of Iraq.
Everyday we see the result; bombings, killings, torture and other
atrocities. There are no reliable estimates for those who have died
but most put the figure at 100,000 or higher. It’s clear that the
invasion didn’t help the people of Iraq and it is equally clear that
the occupation is making the situation worse.

Ireland continues to support this occupation by allowing the United
States to transfer soldiers and war materials through Shannon. It has
also been revealed that planes the CIA used to carry prisoners to
countries where they will be tortured have used Shannon and
Baldonnel many times.

The majority of Irish people opposed the invasion of Iraq and our
government’s complicity in it. 150,000 of us marched to oppose
the war but, as usual, Bertie ignored us. He told us that he knew
best, that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and that the US
government wouldn’t invade a country just to steal its oil and
control the region. Again, as usual, he was on the side of big
business.

On March the 18th there will protests around the country to allow us
to voice our opposition. It’s important that those of us who
oppose the occupation march but we also need to ask ourselves if
it’s the best way to make our voices heard and help the people of
Iraq. It’s no use calling on the government to do the right
thing. It’s clear that they’re more interested in keeping the
rich, at home and abroad, happy than in listening to the people
they’re supposed to represent.

Those of us who oppose the war should be realistic and concentrate
our energies at the point where we can have most effect. In Ireland
this means tackling our complicity in the war by stopping the U.S
military from using our airports. In 2003 a series of direct actions
took place in Shannon. They ranged from activists destroying a US
warplane to others pulling down the security fence and runway
occupations. This led to 3 out of 4 US military contractors pulling
out of Shannon for a short period.

There is not much point in just marching and petitioning the
movenment. It is only through returning the focus to Shannon and
building a strong and active movement against the state’s
complicity in the war that we can win. This won’t be easy. It
will be a long hard struggle and one in which we need to be willing
to use different tactics. But it’s a struggle that we need to
embrace if we are serious about ending the occupation and helping
the progressive and secular forces in Iraq.

From Workers Solidarity 91, March/April 2006
PDF file online at http://www.struggle.ws/pdfs/ws/
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