The war in Ukraine is painful proof that we still have to learn the lessons of history

International justice must be given to the hapless and powerless victims of the ruthless aggression in Ukraine. In war there are no winners, only losers. The main losers are the innocent people forced to endure mass atrocities, mass trauma, mass destruction and devastation, and deep physical and psychological wounds.

This will be remembered as one of the darkest chapters of modern times.

Unfortunately, the world community has not yet learned the lessons of the Holocaust, the Cambodian and Armenian genocides, the Palestinian Nakba and Srebrenica.

dr Munjed Farid Al Qutob

London, United Kingdom

Ireland’s ambivalence towards the monarchy has deep roots

With the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, the world is at a point where it is rethinking its attitude towards the English monarchy.

The words ‘affinity’ and ‘bonding’ have been talked about extensively here in Canada for the past few days. Although the Irish may be respectful, if you exclude Northern Ireland there seems to be very little affinity with the English monarchy.

So let’s take a very quick step back in time to the Battle of the Boyne in 1690.

History has always taught us that many Irish supported William and many supported James. In reality James had very little support in Ireland.

That’s one of the main reasons he didn’t win the Battle of the Boyne.

The relevance of James’ defeat was not discussed until the mid-17th century, possibly in and around the Battle of Culloden (1746).

Honestly, you have to think about it. Imagine if there were a conflict in the English monarchy today. I would guess that the last place on the plane either side would seek support would be Ireland. 1690 was no different.

Gerhard Walsch

Ontario, Canada

A blind person sees where “open energy markets” lead

What a strange tax system we operate. The Tánaiste tells us in an RTÉ news program that the ESB is owned by the people and excess profits are being used to alleviate the stratospheric bills that are beginning to fall through mailboxes across the country.

The collective relief was short-lived; ESB’s CEO appeared on the following RTÉ newscast and told us that the profits ESB makes on the generation side of its business cannot be used to reduce supply-side fees.

This is, of course, a case where the market is skewed to accommodate the disastrous supply outsourcing plan.

As the government discussed the implementation of its ‘energy market opening’ plan, warnings that the conditions prevailing in Ireland would not readily accommodate such a spasmodic application of capitalism fell on deaf ears.

A blind man on a galloping horse can see that we have not yet seen the end of the misery this confusing situation will cause.

If you think the housing crisis is a disaster, you haven’t seen anything.

No matter how bad things are, it seems this government can always make them worse.

Jim O’Sullivan

Rathmond, Sligo

For the sake of the country, leave Donohoe where he is

With our Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe being President of the Eurogroup and having been elected to it in July 2022, Ireland now sits at the head of the table on economic affairs in Europe. However, Micheál Martin seems determined to undermine Ireland’s influence here in order to facilitate partisan politics, a coalition deal agreed in June 2020 to transform the role of finance minister into his own man at the time of the party change.

European economic affairs have moved beyond any partisan agreement reached in Ireland during the coalition period, and the country’s welfare should take precedence over any party’s hunger for power. A way must be found to keep Paschal Donohoe in office in Europe, because if the Treasury Secretary changes in Ireland, we will lose the presidency of the Eurogroup.

I am not a member of any political party, nor do I have a political ax to sharpen. I’m only interested in what’s in the best interests of our country.

The Butler

Julianstown, County Louth

Small question: where are all the newspaper comics?

Dennis Fitzgerald laments his local paper’s cessation of comic strips (“Why take away that last bastion of everyday humor?” Letters, September 16).

I completely agree with him, because laughter is actually in short supply in these somewhat humorless times.

However, I have to go now to catch up on the adventures of Curly Wee.

tom gilsenan,

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