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(en) Ireland, WSM* Workers Solidarity #91 - Anti War: Back to Basics by John Flood

Date Mon, 10 Apr 2006 13:22:21 +0300

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 destruc-
tion 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 ef-
fect. 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 progres-
sive 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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