Archive for the ‘Foreign Affairs’ Category
Shannonwatch are appalled at yesterday’s decision by the court in Ennis to convict TDs Mick Wallace and Clare Daly for their attempts to search a US military plane at Shannon. The two TDs were given maximum €1000 fines, despite the overwhelming evidence to support their case that they had no alternative but to do what they did.
Speaking on the judgement Clare Daly said “The court accepted without qualification the knowledge and expertise of the witnesses who outlined serious breaches of neutrality and other laws at Shannon.”
And let’s remember the details of this evidence as presented to the court. There was evidence of guns on military planes, of soldiers going to war through a country that claims to be neutral, of CIA rendition planes, and of ongoing refusals to inspect these planes. The judge accepted that the TDs were obstructed, side tracked and ignored in their efforts to discover the truth about Shannon. Yet in the sentencing he took an extremely narrow view of the law. He effectively admitted that his hands were tied, and he refused to deal with all the evidence presented to him.
Solidarity & best wishes to Ed Horgan who while on his way to board a flight to attend a Veterans for Peace meeting decided to attempt to carry out a search for weapons on 4 Hercules c-130s present at Shannon this morning. As many US military aircraft as there were civilian aircraft. Ed was arrested & not allowed to take his flight. As Clare Daly & Mick Wallace prepare to return to Ennis for the judgment in relation to their case next Wednesday, April 22nd, Ed’s action was a fitting one…
Shannon airport was unusually busy today with monthly Shannonwatch peace vigil competing for interest with the world’s largest aircraft Ukrainian Antonov An-225 “Mriya”, registration UR-82060, believed to be on a mission to deliver oil and gas equipment from George H Bush airport in Texas bound for Cairo via Maine, Shannon in Ireland and France.
Also at Shannon airport an Omni Air US troop carrier arrived at about 1pm, probably carrying about 300 armed US troops, on their way to or from a warzone, but Irish government and police authorities choose to ignore these facts involving a clear breach of international laws on neutrality. On Wednesday 22 April, Clare Daly TD, and Mick Wallace TD will be appearing in Ennis District court to hear Judge Patrick Durkan deliver his “guilty” or “not-guilty” verdict on these parliamentarians’ efforts to search two US warplanes at Shannon last July. They undertook this mission to do what the Irish Government and the Gardaí should have been doing for the past 14 years. Of course there should have been no need to search any US warplanes at Shannon airport since 2001, because no such warplanes should have been allowed to refuel and transit through a neutral state in the first instance.
Good Friday is celebrated by many in Ireland as the day Christ was crucified. Over the centuries, a corrupted version of Christianity perpetrated many crimes against humanity, including the Crusades and the Inquisition, just as a corrupted version of Islam is now perpetrating crimes against humanity in Kenya, Libya, Syria, and many countries across the Middle East. Ireland is continuing with its support for a corrupted version of the Crusades by allowing the US military to transport troops, war materials and special forces on assassination missions through Shannon airport.
This good Friday morning there were two US warplanes at Shannon. One was an OMNI Air International chartered to carry US troops through Shannon airport, and the other was a US NAVY Hercules C130T. These warplanes were being protected by an Irish army patrol, arguably playing the role of Pontius Pilot’s Roman Soldiers?
The United States is now involved in some many unjustified conflicts, most of which they have caused, directly or indirectly, in Ukraine, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, and most recently in Yemen through its proxy Saudi Arabia.
Hope you have a nice and peaceful Easter. At the receiving end of such warplanes, many innocent civilians may be bombed and killed this Easter. May they rest in peace.