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Richard Boyd Barrett TD, People Before Profit Alliance discussing the aftermath of the Paris attacks on Prime Time 18th November 2015, with Anne McElvoy, Editor, The Economist.

People Before Profit TD says Irish government must speak out against further bombing of Syria in response to Paris atrocity

Richard - Copy (2)In a statement, Richard Boyd Barrett TD for the People Before Profit Alliance has called on the Irish government to speak out against further French, Russian and US bombing of Syria in response to last Friday’s atrocity in Paris.

Deputy Boyd Barrett, who condemned as a “barbaric atrocity” and “vile act” the attack by ISIS in Paris, said that further bombing by France and the US in Syria would result in more innocent deaths, escalate the cycle of violence, and fuel support for violent and sectarian extremist groups such as ISIS.

Deputy Boyd Barrett said the best way to prevent further atrocities was to end military intervention by the big powers in the Middle East and Afghanistan and to cease financial and military aid to despotic and oppressive regions in the region such as Saudi Arabia, Israel, Egypt, Iraq and the regime of Bashar Al-Assad.

He said it was also vital that any attempt to scape-goat the wider Muslim community for the crimes of a tiny unrepresentative minority must be completely resisted.   

Deputy Boyd Barrett will speak in the Dail at 18.55 this evening on the aftermath of the Paris attack.

Richard Boyd Barrett said: “The killing of 129 people in Paris by ISIS was a barbaric atrocity that must be condemned by all. It was a vile act motivated by a hateful sectarian view of the world where the people of different nationalities who congregated in Paris were defined as living in a world of ‘adultery and vice’. Only religious fanatics who were motivated by such a terrible political vision could carry out the murders in such a cold-blooded and calculating fashion.

However, to respond to this unspeakable atrocity by further bombing of Syria, as France and the US are proposing to do, is utter folly. More bombing will lead to further innocent deaths and will fuel the growth of violent extremist groups like ISIS. The only way to overcome this terrorist threat is to understand the context it grew out of. Continue reading

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