Our peacekeeping efforts are proof that neutrality is a force


Liam Harrington (‘The state has a moral obligation to end the myth of our neutrality’, Letters, March 9) asks: “Do we have a moral responsibility to help those in need or to help those in need?” only help ourselves until there is no help or help for us?”

Harrington downplays one of the strengths of Irish governments maintaining neutrality – the number of successful peacekeeping operations conducted by the Irish armed forces since 1958. In fact, Ireland has the honor of being the only country whose role continues, to this day.

The main reason for the success of the Irish Army was Ireland’s neutrality.

Surely the peacekeeping rate is much higher than the war participation rate?

Declan Foley

Melbourne, Australia

Claimed interests take profit into account when it comes to war

“Weapon The industry prepares for an era of greater spending,” reads a recent headline in Irish independence (March 8).

A new book by author Andrew Cockburn titled Booty is an in-depth analysis of “American power, profit, and the war machine”.

America has a long tradition of justifying war in defense of democracy.

The American war machine can only be understood in terms of the passions of those who operate it.

A company called TransDigm searched for obscure but essential components suppliers and the price went up to 355pc.

Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts conducted an investigation into the company but concluded “it’s awful but legit”. Another example is buying a toilet seat for a Bomber that costs $600.

Upon investigation, it was found that the price was fixed to bring profit to the supplying company and to help them stay in business. It is hoped that the European arms industry takes a more rational approach.

But as we have seen, where countries have to react quickly, like the EU now, best-
Valuable hopes will be extinguished, as we saw when buying protective clothing during the pandemic.

Hugh Duffy

Cleggan, Co Galway

The humanitarian crisis in Syria has not gone away yet

As As the world watches as another conflict erupts with appalling levels of suffering in Ukraine, this month marks another grim anniversary of the conflict in Syria. After 11 years of war, humanitarian needs in Syria are still growing. More than 5.7 million registered refugees, including nearly 2.7 million children, live outside Syria, mostly in the region in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, while Within Syria, 14.6 million people depend on humanitarian assistance.

Without a political solution, the Syrian people cannot go on with their lives. Funding for humanitarian assistance in Syria and the Middle East is stretched steadily, making life even harder for those with few other options as they hope, year after year, that the war is coming to an end. end.

Ireland must continue to support humanitarian programs in Syria and the wider region and advocate for the safety and security of Syrian refugees.

Oireachtas’ Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs met today (Thursday, 10 March) with Secretary of State for Defense and Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney and his junior Minister Colm Brophy, and we commend the human resource efforts. Ireland as a donor and advocate of peace.

Dominic MacSorley

Concern Worldwide CEO,

Siobhan WalshGoal’s CEO,

Jim ClarkenOxfam Ireland CEO,

Caoimhe de BarraThe CEO of Trócaire,

Gillian BarnettManaging Director, World Vision Ireland

Out a flyer? Not if Russian missiles can shoot down the plan

So sad Des McCormack’s cunning plan ignores two truths (‘A leaflet from a great height will inform the Russians’, Irish independence, LettersMarch 9).

First, the jet stream blew over Russia from 7 km to 12 km above the ground.

Any leaflets with messages dropped from above will flood the tundra and forests of Siberia.

Only local raccoons, chipmunks and bears can read them.

Second, Russia has missiles designed to shoot down aircraft flying at high altitudes. The best solution was for Mr. McCormack to parachute into Russia and drop leaflets on the way down.

Karl Martin

Dublin 15

Biden’s murderous prophecy about Putin has come true

WE chairperson Joe Biden early last year called Vladimir Putin a “murderer”.


Oliver McGrane

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