Trump’s Ordered Assassinations: Cruel and Inhumane Breach of International Law


Human Wrongs Watch

By Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate | The Peace People – TRANSCEND Media Service*

On 3rd January 2020, Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, and up to top six others were assassinated by a US military drone and missile attack at Baghdad airport.

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Mairead Corrigan Maguire

The cruel assassinations were directly ordered by President Trump and were illegal, immoral and a breach of international law.

This is a serious action that has already increased the fear of escalating violence and potential for war against Iran.

Trump has also ordered an additional 3,000 troops be sent to Iraq (where the US has the largest of its 800 bases in the world).

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These soldiers will go through Shannon Airport (Ireland) on their way to Iraq. If there is a war against Iran, the Irish Government will be complicit in any war crimes committed by US forces in the Middle East.

The Irish Government should uphold Irish neutrality and refuse the use of Shannon Airport to the USA troops.

Maguire said:

‘There are those who benefit from war, the militarists, the arms dealers, the corporate media/military industrial complex, but those who really pay for militarism and wars are the people and the tax of the poor.  The propaganda and lies of of war are being spread and this time the target is Iran, just like US/UK/NATO carried out wars against Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, etc.  Let us, the people, learn lessons from the past and unite and mobilize calling for no war against Iran. USA troops out of Shannon and out of Iraq! Yes to nonviolence, peace and dialogue!  Let the people unite together to stop war, remembering that there is power in truth and love is stronger than hate.’

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*Mairead Corrigan Maguire, co-founder of Peace People, is a member of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace Development Environment. She won the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize for her work for peace in Northern Ireland.

Her book The Vision of Peace (edited by John Dear, with a foreword by Desmond Tutu and a preface by the Dalai Lama) is available from www.wipfandstock.com. She lives in Belfast, Northern Ireland. See: www.peacepeople.com.

The Peace People began in 1976 as a protest movement against the ongoing violence in Northern Ireland. Its three founders were Mairead Maguire, Betty Williams and Ciaran McKeown.

Over 100,000 people were involved in the initial movement and two of the founders, Mairead and Betty, received the Nobel Peace Prize for that year. Since its inception, the organization has been committed to building a just, peaceful society through nonviolent means – a society based on respect for each individual, and that has at its core the highest standards of human and civil rights. www.peacepeople.com

This article originally appeared on Transcend Media Service (TMS) on 6 Jan 2020: TMS: Trump’s Ordered Assassinations: Cruel and Inhumane Breach of International Law

2020 Human Wrongs Watch

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