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China’s support for Russia is bought and paid for

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China has abstained in recent times United Nation settlement slip related to Ukraine. China exported 146 billion euros worth of goods to Russia in 2021.

His trade is one-tenth the value of China’s trade with the European Union and the United States combined.

We know China doesn’t take human rights seriously – but everyone loves money.

Time to take out the scale?

Eugene Tannam

Dublin 24

Joe Biden Finally Shows Us That He Has A Backbone

Back in 2020 Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, ripped the US ‘divisive union status’ speech and failed to shake the president’s hand. This week she clapped and shook the president’s hand. So what has changed?

The obvious difference is the change of US presidents from Trump to Biden. But I feel that the bigger change is from someone who is being president to someone who is being president.

Dennis Fitzgerald

Melbourne, Australia

Voters must remember Daly and Wallace’s stance

The antics of MEPs Clare Daly and Mick Wallace in the EU Parliament have shown Ireland in very bad light.

Their actions make me very ashamed of our EU representatives.

I can only hope that voters are aware of their position in the next election.

Dr. Aidan Hampson

Artane, Dublin

Leftists must cry out for injustice where they see it

I would like to take issue with Frank Coughlan’s work trying to bring down some members of our anti-war, leftist establishment in his article (‘The Wing’s Anti-Westernists’) describe Ireland as nothing but imitation’, Irish independenceMarch 1st).

In his opinion piece, he criticized the rest of the Irish for being historically illiterate and “morally delusional” when it came to Vladimir Putin and Ukraine, in contrast to the “preach… them about the twin evils of America and Nato”.

I seem to remember America and its allies in George W’s “coalition of willing people” engaging in illegal wars based on lies and contrary to the mandate of the United Nations.

Millions died and chaos spread to neighboring countries.

Your reporter also talks about “the logic of the market economy”. I recall the same economic system that fell off the cliff in 2008 after decades of unchecked greed and gentle regulation.

We have all seen the debts of private gamblers transferred onto the shoulders of ordinary citizens.

Of course, two wrongs don’t make right – and Mr Putin is clearly a democratic tyrant and possibly psycho.

But perhaps he has bitten more than he can chew in Ukraine and I deeply admire the will of the Ukrainian people.

Paddy Sharkey

Kilcar, Co Donegal

Ireland needs to act now and send military aid to Ukraine

I am deeply ashamed of the Government’s refusal to send weapons to Ukraine to defend itself against the Russian invasion.

We have hundreds of anti-tank missiles that collect dust – weapons that would be better served in defending Ukraine’s freedom and democracy.

Instead, our politicians see the usual trinity of our traditional policy of military neutrality as an excuse to sit on the fence and do nothing. More and more Irish people are finally realizing that this naive policy of neutrality is actually a stupid policy.

It offers us no defense, it damages our international reputation – and yet our government clings to it. Why?

As Fianna Fáil Taoiseach Seán Lemass said: “If Europe is worth participating, then Europe is worth defending.”

Can the current Fianna Fáil Taoiseach take note?

Jason Fitzharris

Swords, Co Dublin

Ask the leaders of 1916 the value of a gun in tight condition

Above July On January 26, 1914, Erskine Childers landed a shipment of German guns in Howth that had been used during Easter 1916.

On April 21, 1916, Roger Casement was arrested at Banna Strand after failing to put down the gun the German government had given us to carry out the planned Uprising.

I’m sure both men are now frozen in place as the Irish Government refuses to contribute to the EU’s purchase of arms for Ukraine, or to donate the weapons we have.

Chris Fitzpatrick

Terenure, Dublin 6

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