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Irish Government must back American people -- Ó Snodaigh

11 January, 2007


Sinn Féin's International Affairs spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has called on the Irish Government to support the American people and refuse to allow Shannon Airport to be used as a staging area for the deployment of an extra 20,000 US combat troops to Iraq.

The Dublin South-Central TD said: "The Bush administration's proposal for a 'surge' in Iraq, putting 20,000 US combat troops on the ground flies in the face of popular opinion in the US and the decision made by the American people at the polls in November. With no strategy for success, it is little more than a face-saving exercise from the Bush administration that will simply result in more death and destruction in Iraq.

"Estimates of the death toll since the occupation vary from over 60,000 to well over a hundred thousand. Since 2003 the Irish Government has colluded with the US occupation of Iraq. The Government has directly facilitated this occupation by allowing the US military to treat Shannon Airport as a staging area for US forces.

"Americans have suffered too, with over 3,000 US soldiers in Iraq dead and over 20,000 wounded. There is no end in sight and no coherent strategy from the US administration. It is for this reason that the American people sent President Bush a message in November, voting against the kind of policies Bush seems determined to implement.

"I am calling on the Irish Government to support the people of Iraq and of the United States and refuse to participate in the expansion of US operations in Iraq. US forces should not be permitted to continue to use Shannon Airport. The Irish people should no longer, through the actions of their Government, be complicit in the slaughter in Iraq."

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