Calls made to close Shannon Airport to US military

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US military aircraft at Shannon airport.

THE immediate closure of Shannon Airport to US military over its reaction to recent atrocities in Syria has been called for by a Dublin councillor claiming that Ireland must not be implicated in causing further tragedy in the Middle East.

Councillor Éilis Ryan said: “It seems increasingly certain that a number countries, led by Donald Trump, are actively attempting to escalate the war in Syria. This is in nobody’s interests except those same elites who have benefitted from western intervention in Iraq, Libya and elsewhere.

To that end, Cllr Ryan said that “Ireland should ensure it can in no way be implicated in the looming war crimes it would seem the Trump regime are intent on committing. All US military use of Shannon Airport must be ended immediately so that our country is not involved in creating a further tragedy in the Middle East.

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“Meanwhile, as the United States seeks any excuse to escalate war against the Syrian government, it continues to ignore – and in some cases, actively provide arms to – terror groups such as the so-called Army of Islam, who have openly called for the genocide of minority groups in Syria, and have paraded men, women and children in cages through the streets simply due to the fact they were not fundamentalist Sunni Arabs.

“These people were freed in recent weeks, as the Army of Islam was driven out of its strongholds. And now, it has released videos of a supposed chemical attack by Syrian government forces. Are we really gullible enough to accept their word as sufficient evidence to justify an escalation of an already devastating war?”

Ireland must not be an accomplice to this, the Dublin Councillor said.

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