Terrorism, war and the EU

6 Jan

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Layout 1Terrorist attacks are an excuse for war

from Socialist Voice January 2015

published in Dublin by the Communist Party of Ireland/Páirtí Cumannach na hÉireann

Terrorist attacks on Western soil will inevitably spark hyperbolic responses from the European establishment, and these very human tragedies are often manipulated, for a number of reasons.

They are frequently used a pretext for targeting and undermining our rights to privacy and personal freedom, or tfor justifying confused or downright aggressive plans for intervention in foreign countries. So far we have witnessed both these responses in the wake of last November’s attacks in Paris. But another agency of reactionary politics has also been reinforced in the aftermath of the attacks.

On 17 November, France made use of an obscure mechanism of the Lisbon Treaty (2007), calling on other EU member-countries to assist in its military operation in Syria. A politically united EU, with its own foreign…

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