hat then prompted some commentators to take a bizarre leap into logic and urge Ireland to reconsider its neutrality and join either NATO or a future, rapidly emerging EU defense bloc (which would also be nuclear-armed)? To what end? To what benefit?
An official policy of neutrality would have protected Ukraine much better than is intended
NATO membership. NATO could annihilate Russia from the face of the earth – even wipe out the earth – and vice versa, but precisely because of this it could not prevent a war in Europe.
Suicide pacts offer no security, and Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD), which has underpinned NATO and Russia’s nuclear “defense policy” with more than 10,000 nuclear weapons, must be transformed into Mutual Assured Security
“common European home” demanded by Mikhail Gorbachev after the collapse of the Soviet Union. A missed opportunity.
If Ukraine and the rest of Europe survive this crisis, we must seriously address the now-existing MAD “security” structures, restore the effectiveness of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and urgently push for talks on nuclear disarmament.
The policy of positive neutrality, which actively challenges the mindset of the military bloc and ever-increasing military spending, is a policy option Ireland should be proud of.
Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin
We need a Potemkin-style mutiny to overthrow this tsar
Vladimir Putin studies Russian history. He was to remember the mutiny aboard the battleship Potemkin in 1905 and the rallying cry of Russian sailors to “rise up and cast off the chains of slavery,” which inspired a revolution that eventually led to the overthrow of the tsar.
One would hope that in the leadership and high ranks of the Russian military there are those who will disobey orders to commit war crimes, refuse to kill their nearest neighbors, and oppose tyranny, slavery and genocide .
Of course, no one should expect or rely on such regime change from within.
In the meantime, Ukraine needs maximum military and humanitarian assistance.
Terenure Road East, Dublin 6
Toxic unanimity serves to stoke the flames of war
Mark Antony said it so well in William Shakespeare Julius Caesar – “O judgment, you have fled to wild beasts, and people have lost their minds”.
Politicians and the media are incessantly stirring the pot in which the unfortunate Ukrainians suffer alone and must “save the world for democracy”.
Mothers desperately sew up their dismembered children while the West strains like a rabid dog to summon these primitive reflexes – more and more “deadly aid” urge.
We in Ireland are not laggards in this poisonous unanimity, which pays little attention to the consequences for the Ukrainians and provokes a terrible reaction from the Russians.
Seriously, we happily seem unaware that while Ukraine is turning into a wasteland, its 15-year soviet era and
(certified unsafe) nuclear reactors, are supported by poorly functioning infrastructure and are increasingly vulnerable to accidental or intentional damage.
Is it really necessary to show the consequences not only for Ukraine, but for all of Western Europe?
The Europe of Willy Brandt and Realpolitik is dead, and the echoes of the “better dead than red” trope of the 1960s and 1970s are louder.
Is Ireland so deaf that it refuses to listen to the peace movements in Ukraine and Russia, and so cowardly that its politicians and diplomats are not agitating within Europe to vigorously back weak talks on the Belarusian border?
With a resurgence of sniping at Ireland’s neutrality from the usual suspects and the ‘Let’s join NATO’ chorus in full voice, we must confront those who would tempt us to open Pandora’s box.
dr Eugene Egan
Glasheen, Co. Cork
No more hand wringing, it’s time to take on Putin
That’s how it is it. Vladimir Putin came out and openly explained it to French President Emmanuel Macron.
He intends to take control of all of Ukraine and in his words “the worst is yet to come”. That can only mean one thing: he will continue until he controls the surrounding countries, and that includes the EU countries.
Will the EU/NATO continue to stand idly by with sanctions? War must be declared on Russian forces in Ukraine. Putin’s threat to use nuclear weapons is empty. He knows that he and other leaders could survive in a bunker from a massive nuclear retaliation that was sure to come, but he would emerge to rule nothing but a planet of wasteland.
Whatever the cost to the EU, we must confront him now, before he gets too strong and carries out his threat to attack the EU, and by that I mean Ireland.
The cowardice of our politicians in using the word ‘neutrality’ is another example of Irish politicians finding an excuse in government for doing nothing but wringing their hands and telling us they condemn what is going on happened to Ukraine.
Kingswood Heights, Dublin 24
The appeasement continues as a nation is sacrificed
with a marginally indifferent USA, an anxious EU, a limited UN and an impotent Nato, a small nation and its people are sacrificed. There is a possibility of eliminating Russian forces in Ukraine, pushing Russia back to its pre-2014 borders, and isolating Russia.
We learned no lessons from Hitler’s reign of terror and World War II.
Decisions to protect a sovereign nation and its people should trump economic or other concerns.
Dromahair, Co Leitrim
Why the indifference to commercial surrogacy?
It can seems to be a minor point in the broader context of events in Ukraine, but I am struck by the Irish media’s apparent acceptance of commercial surrogacy as a right enjoyed by wealthy people in wealthier countries at the expense of poorer women in less wealthy countries. from countries.
For me, there are uncomfortable parallels to what sometimes happened the other way around, when Ireland was a much poorer country and wealthy Americans could adopt babies in exchange for poor Irish single women through “voluntary” donations. I don’t want to deny anyone the joys of parenthood, but I think the whole practice of commercial surrogacy raises very serious moral/ethical questions.
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Watch as autocrats wipe out democracy
I Find It is amazing, given the innocence of the West, to believe that the Russians will stop at Ukraine.
If or when Ukraine falls, God help us all. I fear democracy will be crushed by the ruthlessness of autocratic states. The West has shown the white flag and the autocrats know they are ripe for harvest.
Kenmare, Co Kerry
Another Fine Gael guy dressed up as Labor
Maybe I misheard; The reason for the smear campaign against Alan Kelly was his connection to the government’s antics of 2011-2016 and in particular the push to impose water charges.
Then it was announced that Ivana Bacik is the front-runner for Mr Kelly’s successor. But Ms Bacik was also part of that government and was a strong advocate of water pricing, stating during the debate in the Seanad: “We need to create incentives to avoid over-consumption”.
The “conservation” malarkey was the same excuse used by members of Fine Gael to introduce the charge.
Is there a clue here as to what Labor’s real problem is? Perhaps too many of the senior activists are actually in the wrong party?
Rathmond, Co. Sligo
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/letters/ireland-should-be-proud-of-its-neutrality-policy-there-is-no-benefit-to-us-joining-mad-nato-41413786.html Ireland should be proud of its policy of neutrality – there is no point in joining MAD Nato