Archive for the ‘Foreign Affairs’ Category
This is a very relevant and important piece by Ed Horgan, Shannon Watch activist and a member of Veterans for Peace, who was arrested last Saturday attempting to inspect a US Hercules C130 aircraft as he was about to board a flight to Britain.
“Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?” Adolf Hitler 1939
Certainly the Irish Government dares not speak of the annihilation and genocide of the Armenians.
Today I attended the commemoration of the Armenian Genocide at Tanner Parish Church in Dundrum Dublin. An Taoiseach Enda Kenny was invited to attend, but not only declined, but also declined to send any Irish Government representative. There were no Ministers, TDs or even Senators available to represent the Irish Government. Yet, as we all know, Government ministers and TDs spend far too much time attending funerals of their constituents all over the country.
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.