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US War Machine Out of Shannon - Ó Broin

24 March, 2007


Speaking today at the Irish Anti War Movements anti war demonstration at the Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis in West Dublin, Sinn Féin candidate for Dún Laoghaire Eoin Ó Broin has said, "Lets make this war an election issue. The Fianna Fáil/PD government must end its collusion with US & British military aggression. It must end the use of Irish airports and airspace by the US military and CIA, and it must join the Irish people in doing everything in
its power to bring this war to an end".

Full text of Mr Ó Broin's speech:

"Since the US/British led invasion of Iraq, between 59,000 & 65,000 people
have been killed.

The last 12 months has been by far the worst year for violence against
civilians

Almost half of all violent civilian deaths after the initial invasion phase
occurred in the fourth year of the conflict

Mortar attacks that kill civilians have quadrupled in the last year.

Massive bomb blasts that kill more than 50 people have nearly doubled in the
last year.

Fatal suicide bombs, car bombs, and roadside bombing attacks have doubled in
the last year.

One in 160 of Baghdad's 6.5 million population has been violently killed
since the beginning of the war, representing 64% of deaths recorded so far.

More than 60,000 dead. Hundreds of thousands injured. Millions of lives
affected. And still these figures can not describe the instability and
insecurity that constitutes the daily life of ordinary people in Iraq every
single day.

This chaos is the direct consequence of the decisions, taken four years ago,
in Washington and London, to invade Iraq, and commence a war without legal,
political or ethical foundation.

Many of us who were campaigning at that time said that such a war would lead
to massive loss of human life, prolonged political instability, and a
regional crisis of untold proportions.

Today, looking at the US/British inspired chaos in Iraq, we should take no
comfort in saying that we were right.

The war was founded on a lie. It is being prosecuted to serve the selfish
strategic and economic interests of political elites in Washington and
London, and their allies in Iraq.

The only solution, is to end the occupation NOW, and allow the Iraqi people
to determine their our course of action in rebuilding their country.

Despite the governments official policy of neutrality, and the Irish peoples
opposition to this war, Fianna Fáil and the PDs are complicit in this
horrific picture.

More than 500,000 US troops have passed through Shannon Airport since the
beginning of 2003, an act in flagrant violation of Irish neutrality. This
government is in serious violation of International law and its
international human rights obligations.

The United States should be denied the use of any and all Irish airports. US
military and intelligence agencies have been using Shannon airport as part
of the infrastructure for their illegal programme of extraordinary
rendition. The blind eyes turned by many European governments, including our
own, has allowed the United States to kidnap individuals and transport them
to locations where they may be subjected to torture, inhumane and degrading
treatment in direct contravention of the most basic international human
rights laws.

An unambiguous message must be sent to the United States Administration and
to the Fianna Fáil/PD government that their activities are unacceptable,
that the Irish people will not tolerate them, and that in the upcoming
election their will be a price to pay for complicity in this illegal and
appalling war.

Lets make this war an election issue. The Fianna Fáil/PD government must end
its collusion with US & British military aggression. It must end the use of
Irish airports and airspace by the US military and CIA, and it must join the
Irish people in doing everything in its power to bring this war to an
end."ENDS

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