Airport Authorities at Shannon Guilty of Incompetence as well as Profiteering from War

In response to media reports that Shannon Airport faces the loss of US troop transfer business, Shannonwatch once again emphasises that war is not an acceptable business model for the airport.

"Shannon airport had been a success story for over half a century up to the year 2000" said a Shannonwatch spokesperson. "It could still be a success if the airport authorities had not been guilty of incompetence as well as profiteering from war since 2001. Back then they welcomed the transit of US troops and dangerous war materials through this civilian airport at the behest of a corrupt and incompetent Irish government. This was in breach of international laws and humanitarian norms."

In May of this year local politicians and others lamented the loss of revenue when the Icelandic volcano caused the military traffic to divert elsewhere. At that time Shannonwatch highlighted the unsustainability of war as a business model for Shannon Airport. Today's news that a German airport has emerged with a major bid for the multi-million euro business re-emphasises this point.

The economic risk is not Shannonwatch's main objection to the use of Shannon airport by the U.S. military and CIA rendition flights however. Well in excess of one million US troops have passed through Shannon airport going to and from the unjustified and unlawful Afghan and Iraq wars. Over one million deaths have resulted from these wars, mainly innocent civilians. "That amounts to about one death for each soldier who passed through Shannon" according to Shannonwatch. "It is likely that over 200,000 of those war deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan were children. From their comments in the media, it appears that local politicians and the Shannon airport authority would like these wars to continue, so that Shannon airport can continue to depend on this immoral revenue, the equivalent of the biblical thirty pieces of silver".

Shannonwatch and other groups including the Peace and Neutrality Alliance continue to hold monthly protest vigils at Shannon airport on the second Sunday of every month. They intend to increase their protest activities over the coming months, with a special national peace protest being held at Shannon on Sunday 10 October at 2 pm. "While we regret any inconvenience that these protests may cause for the air-traveling public we know that we all have a humanitarian duty to take such measures in order to stop the killing of innocent children in these unjustified wars, waged with the complicity of our discredited Irish Government".

For more information contact Shannonwatch at 086 3539911 (Edward Horgan) or 087 8225087 (John Lannon), or email begin_of_the_skype_highlightingend_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlightingend_of_the_skype_highlighting087 8225087 begin_of_the_skype_highlightingend_of_the_skype_highlighting

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