Speaking in the Dáil today, during question time with Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charlie Flanagan, People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett once again called on the government to end the use of Shannon airport by US military.
There has been an intensification of US airstrikes in the Middle East with several strikes in particular in recent weeks in the Kobani region on the Turkish- Syrian border.
Richard Boyd Barrett TD said, “Incredibly after the last US war in the Middle East with the loss of a million lives in Iraq and widespread destruction in the region, Ireland is supporting yet another US bombing campaign by its facilitation of military plans and personnel at Shannon airport.
Against a background of another disastrous decision by the US to bomb Syria and Iraq, this government is supporting US efforts by still refusing to at least search planes passing through Shannon airport.”
In 2003 Deputy Boyd Barrett was one of the organisers of one of the biggest demonstrations in Irish history against the planned US war in Iraq and at that time the predictions about the loss of life were an estimated 50,000. An estimated 1 million people were killed in the US campaign.
The People Before Profit TD further stated: “Even with the disastrous consequences we have seen in Iraq and in Afghanistan, the US is going full steam ahead into another war with no regard for the consequences, shoring up support for IS in the region. A dangerous cocktail is being fermented by US actions”.
“How can the Minister and the government justify US troops using Shannon to go to another bloody war without even searching the planes and merely relying on assurances. Relying on assurances from the same country that told us there ware weapons of mass destruction to justify going into Iraq is hugely irresponsible”. Continue reading