(October 23) – At Dublin Circuit Court today a jury of twelve Irish citizens acquitted peace activists Colm Roddy and Dave Donnellan of the charge of alleged criminal damage at Shannon airport over four and a half years ago. Continue reading →
“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in a rather scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less.”
“The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.”
“The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master – that’s all”. (Alice in Wonderland)
By ROGER COLE*
For nearly 20 years Ireland has been a US Aircraft Carrier. Well over three million troops and an unknown amount of military equipment from the USA have landed in Shannon Airport to take part in the perpetual wars on Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria, and to help their ally Saudi Arabia.
The losing bid of Canada to gain a seat on the UN Security Council was accompanied with speculation to mislead the public about the credentials of its competitors, fellow NATO member Norway and especially benevolent Ireland as a UN “peacemaker.”
Between 2002 and 2016, despite repeated claims of neutrality by Irish Governments, over two and a half million US troops and their weapons passed through Shannon Airport. Continue reading →