Kenny continues to back failed US policies

IN supporting Ireland’s attempt to be elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council for the first time, Taoiseach Enda Kenny spoke at the weekend about taking a commitment to peace, justice, security and development seriously.

His actions tell a different story, however. In the 10 months since he was elected leader of the Irish government he has continued the policy of the previous government to avoid investigating rendition flights through Shannon. He has also continued to allow Shannon to be used as a de facto US military base, as hundreds of armed US troops pass through every day on their way to and from Afghanistan.

Sadly, this shows a lack of regard for peace, justice and security. In allowing Shannon to continue to be used by the US military, the Taoiseach is jeopardising the security and human rights of the people of Afghanistan, as well as going against their clearly expressed wishes.

The stated goal of the US presence in Afghanistan was to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat al-Qaeda. What it has achieved is the disruption and dismantling of Afghan society, and a strengthening of warlordism and fundamentalism there.

Mr Kenny prefers to support these failed US policies of invasion and occupation than to uphold the values he talks about.

John Lannon




Co Limerick

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