The Independent Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN) has issued a media release strongly opposing the prospect of RAAF planes carrying out bombing missions in Syria.
This follows a statement made by Prime Minister Tony Abbott on August 21 that indicated the likelihood of Australia joining the United States in carrying out airstrikes against ISIS targets in Syria.
The PM claimed that he had received a “formal request” from the US administration for the RAAF to carry out bombing missions in Syria.
The US has been carrying out airstrikes in Syria for many months and RAAF planes have been involved in refuelling aircraft engaged in these missions.
The media release issued by IPAN declared: “Peace activists across the nation are united in their anger at the announcement that Australia will now join the US in bombing targets in Syria. The Independent Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN) is a network of peace groups with affiliates in every State and Territory. It has consistently opposed the use of military power to solve international problems and believes that Australia has lost its independence through too close an alliance with the USA.”
Nick Deane, a spokesperson for IPAN, is quoted in the media release as saying: “It is time for the Defence Establishment to wake up to the realisation that increased military activity does nothing more than add fuel to the fire that is ISIS. If we genuinely want to live in a peaceful and independent Australia, we must end our proclivity for engaging in military action whenever it suits the interests of the USA.”
Read the full media release here.