This video from Ireland says about itself:
Today, Sunday 7th October 2012, two activists from the “Galway Alliance Against War” peace group (GAAW) marked the 11th anniversary of the war in Afghanistan by blocking Shannon Airport‘s main runway. GAAW issued the following statement:
“Today, 7th of October 2012, marks the 11th anniversary of the war in Afghanistan and the beginning of the illegal ‘war on terror’ that has led to the deaths of thousands upon thousands of innocent people. To mark this shameful anniversary actions are being taken around the world from 6th- 12th October against the war, against the waste of public finances on killing instead of caring, against killer drone warfare, and calling for invading troops to be returned to their country of origin- including the Irish troops in Afghanistan.
Here in Ireland, two members of the Galway Alliance Against War, Margaretta D’Arcy and Niall Farrell, blocked the main runway at Shannon airport. “The Irish State has been an accessory in this illegal ‘war on terror’ from its very outset. GAAW believes it was essential to highlight the craven collaboration of consecutive Irish Governments in these wars and that is why the protest was held. “Over the past 11 years Shannon Airport has been transformed into a US military base, literally into a Warport. Millions of armed US troops, millions of tonnes of weaponry travel freely through Shannon, including the killer drones that daily rain down terror and death on the peoples of Afghanistan and Pakistan.”
Shannon airport has been an integral part of the CIA’s illegal “extraordinary rendition” programme. It is known that the kidnappers and torturers of a number of victims of the CIA have travelled unhindered through our country. This makes consecutive Irish Governments guilty of colluding in torture as well as mass murder. “Margaretta D’Arcy and Niall Farrell feel completely justified therefore in carrying out this peace action against Ireland’s role in the so-called ‘war on terror’ and do so with the backing of the peace movement in Galway.”
What will its political consequences be? We cannot yet be certain about the answer to that. However, “free market” (in practice: pro monopolist or oligopolist corporate big business) policies as preached by the United States Bush administration, certainly seem to be on the ideological defensive now.
A good sign is that, after the death of “free market” guru Milton Friedman, and of his pupil, Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, now the loudest pro capitalist political party in Ireland, the Progressive Democrats, is dying.
Contrary to what their name may suggest, just like the “free market” brings freedom just for big corporations and non-freedom for most people, the Progressive Democrats are neither progressive nor democratic, but based on the ideologies of Milton Friedman and British Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
It is good to see this party as a casualty, with official banktruptcy probably coming soon, along with Lehman Bros and the rest.
It is to be hoped others still suffering from Thatcher’s disastrous heritage, like British “new” Labour (more like old Thatcherite Tory), and David Cameron’s Conservatives, will follow this Irish example.