Peace groups welcome Australia’s rejection of US request for more military commitment in Middle East

Media Release

1/14/2016

syria bombing pcard canada final1The Australian Anti-Bases Campaign welcomes the Turnbull Government’s rejection of the US request for more troops to fight Islamic State (IS), maintaining that Australia is already sending enough troops and military equipment.

“However, we condemn the Australian Government for maintaining its forces in a pointless conflict and supporting destabilizing the Middle East and Syria in particular,” AABCC spokesman Denis Doherty said. “These policies have contributed to increasing violence and the spawning of IS and other fundamentalists terrorist groups.

“We condemn former Defence Minister Andrews for his intemperate comments about the need to send Australian ground troops.

 

“Australian bombing will create more deaths and misery, more refugees and more terrorists,” Mr Doherty said.

 

“Bombing Syria is not in our country’s interests. It will cost millions of dollars and will risk our country’s security. We ask, where is the support for a negotiated settlement in Syria?

 

“We reiterate that the new Canadian Government has decided to stop its bombing of Syria and to use the money saved to help refugees.  We ask simply, why can’t you do the same?”