After Rory McIlroy’s brilliant FedEx Cup win, may I ask all the envious and doubters to stop complaining that he bottled it now?
Although he didn’t win a major this year, he was very competitive in all of them. Remember, only one person can win at a time, and he’s won four of them.
People doubted him – even though he was in the top 10 the whole time.
He’s now done something even Tiger couldn’t — won the FedEx three times. He was 10 off the lead after three holes on day one and still wins.
Very little bottling there. Well done Rory.
Kilmacud, County Dublin
If the EU sends troops to Ukraine, Ireland should refuse
The European Union is considering a large-scale training mission for the Ukrainian military.
Ireland is also considering providing Irish soldiers for this mission. EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said: “The conflict in Ukraine is a large-scale war and therefore every mission must be able to cope with the conflict.”
The increasing militarization of Europe and the whole world should deeply concern all of humanity.
As a neutral country, Ireland should use our membership of the UN Security Council to promote peace and take no sides in this disastrous war.
While the Russian invasion of Ukraine was the immediate cause of this war, the unwarranted NATO expansion was the main underlying cause. With the vast majority of EU member states now also becoming full members of NATO, this undermines the EU’s claim to be a genuine peace power.
Ireland’s ever-closer integration into NATO and the increasing militarization of the EU are weakening Ireland’s traditional positive neutrality, which is supported by the vast majority of the Irish population.
If the EU becomes a war project rather than a peace project, Ireland’s membership of the EU could be called into question.
Russia is at war with the world – and not just with its neighbor
Just in case people get unsure about the cost of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, let’s consider that Russia is reportedly at war with the EU and much of the world. Using nuclear threats and using a nuclear site in a foreign country as a bargaining chip is a thing to remember, as is the Third World to extort grain stockpile ransoms.
Add to this the potential impact of the Russian approach on the EU’s energy supply and the evidence becomes blind.
Incidentally, the forgotten cyberattack on the HSE was undoubtedly a shot across the bow from the east. Some kind of war.
By the looks of it, Russian citizens travel freely across Europe, even though their elected government that represents them has chosen a terrible path rather than simply shut off the fuel lines, sit back and wait for their goals to be met.
Our emigrants are gone and many of them are forgotten
Thomas O’Halloran, an 87-year-old Irishman, was stabbed to death in London earlier this month. His tragic death reminded me of the hundreds of thousands of Irish people who left this nation on their journey to 100 years of age.
Between the 1930’s and the mid/mid 1970’s my area of western Ireland bled its youth to Britain and beyond. They left because this state couldn’t take their talent. By leaving money and sending it home, they kept many house fires burning, tables full and clothes on their backs. They have been shamefully forgotten by the Irish Government.
The UK cannot point the finger at human rights
Brexit poses countless risks and challenges. However, human rights should not be used to interfere in the internal affairs of sovereign nations.
The UK, US, France, Russia, China, etc. are not innocent. The UK cannot lecture other countries if it is guilty of restricting freedoms, violating basic human rights and selling arms to despotic regimes implicated in atrocities in Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Libya, Ukraine and… involved in Palestine.
The politicization of human rights, double standards, baseless accusations and disinformation must be replaced with multilateralism, solidarity, dialogue and cooperation to promote and protect the virtues of human rights worldwide.
dr Munjed Farid Al Qutob
London, United Kingdom
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/letters/rory-mcilroy-proves-the-doubters-wrong-to-show-he-has-the-bottle-as-he-makes-fedex-history-with-thrilling-win-41945566.html Rory McIlroy proves the doubters wrong by showing he’s got the bottle as he makes FedEx history with a thrilling win