There may be no footprints in Ukraine, but the western powers are not mere spectators

Her editorial (“History teaches us that war knows no borders”, August 25) highlights the many dangers facing humanity as a result of the situation in Ukraine.

From the appalling death and suffering inflicted on civilians and soldiers alike, the destruction of homes and infrastructure, skyrocketing global energy prices, food insecurity and inflation, to the very real threat of a nuclear incident, this “local conflict” is fast becoming a one-off event. a generational crisis.

However, it’s hard to agree that global powers remain bystanders. While there may be no boots on the ground, tens of billions of dollars in arms have been pumped into Ukraine by the US alone.

Britain has provided more arms, money and military training. Many EU and NATO members have contributed additional weapons and resources.

That Oxford English Dictionary The definition of a spectator is “a person present but not participating”. This description of the involvement of the world powers seems completely inappropriate under the circumstances.

This is especially true when Western influence in Ukraine stretches back over 30 years and predates its recently celebrated independence.

Paddy Sharkey, Kilcar, Co Donegal

The use of massive bombs is not just a Russian doctrine

Your editorial’s assertion that “unlike the West, Russian military doctrine includes the use of tactical or nuclear battlefield weapons” (“History teaches us that war respects no borders”, Irish Independent, August 25) is not entirely accurate, at least as far as Western military doctrine is concerned.

Just five years ago, an American MOAB (mother of all bombs) was used by the West in Afghanistan.

As far as I know, it was the largest bomb since the atomic bombing of Japan in August 1945.

Michael O’Cathail, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Only Tory MPs should elect a Prime Minister

I agree with David Ryan (“Sunak a safer bet for Ireland in a dark race for the top job”, Irish Independent, Letters, August 26).

As a member of the Tory party, I was in a tiny minority and had the exclusive vote for the Conservative Party leader and Prime Minister twice in three years.

I voted for Boris in 2019 but this time I spoiled my ballot by writing his name instead of Rishi Sunak or Liz Truss.

In this desperate period of history, with the Ukraine war, acute water shortages and inflation, such a six-week election is damaging to the economy.

The latest bizarre nonsense is that the winner, most likely Liz Truss, will be appointed by an unelected 96-year-old queen, head of a monarchy that Truss called for abolition in 1994 when she was a member of the Liberal Democrats.

Only Tory MPs should have the exclusive vote for a replacement prime minister while the party is in office.

Dominic Shelmerdine, London

Ireland’s freedom was not inevitable, Mr Bruton

According to John Bruton, the violence in this country between 1916 and 1923 and the murder of Michael Collins need not have happened.

He explained in a December 2015 UTV interview: “Our independence was inevitable, it would have come after Britain went bankrupt in 1918 after the Great War, our independence would have come in time without a shot being fired.”

As for your editorial (“Collins Forged Our Freedom by Sacrificing His Own Life,” August 22), it’s all nonsense. Britain would have had to give up territories at the end of the Great War, but never the six northern counties.

Our “freedom” was given up under Brian Cowen and Brian Lenihan in September 2008 when the country was liquidated.

John Cooney, Ballymahon, Co. Longford

The Greens must support nuclear power to save the world

By now, only cranks and some particularly stupid politicians will deny that there is a link between burning fossil fuels and global warming.

For years to come, today’s green movements and eco-warriors will be hailed as heroes for their vision.

The only real argument is how to make the transition to renewable energy, and that’s where the green movement fails in its opposition to nuclear power.

We can continue to burn fossil fuels while transitioning to green energy, which will result in the inevitable destruction of the planet.

Or we can use nuclear energy while we switch to green energy. Simply put, we’ve reached a “V” in the street. The first path leads to the certain destruction of the planet. The second, while dangerous, could save the planet if handled carefully. It’s a small chance, but we have no choice but to take it.

Anthony McGeough, Dublin 24

It was too big an assignment for me to join the Gardaí

Watching RTÉ nationwide program on An Garda Síochána (now nearly 100 years old), in October 1966 I was reminded of my desire to join the Troop after passing my Leaving Cert.

I went to our local village barracks to get an application form and the sergeant – who was assessing me – told me to stand next to a tape measure on a nearby wall of that barracks room.

“You’re an inch too short,” he told me. Back then the average height of most Irish teenage boys was around 1.67m (my height at the time) and a regular diet of that time was not conducive to children who grew much taller than their parents.

In those days, to become a man (women were not accepted at all back then), a young man had to be at least 1.70 m tall.

“Come back in six months and you might have grown a bit,” the sergeant said to me. Until then, however, life had taken me down a different path.

When I see the diversity of the troupe today, I have to think of my misfortune to have been born in 1966 35 years too early to become a member of An Garda Síochána. The minimum size was abolished in 2001.

Tom Baldwin, Midleton, Co Cork

Put students in bunk beds instead of expensive rooms

There has been much debate about how successive Irish governments dishonored Collins Griffith and the 1918 Dáil.

May I suggest that we solve the problem by stopping talking and starting to do something about it?

I wonder if students need the luxurious and expensive rooms in purpose built student housing?

Remember the studios and apartments of the 1980s and 1990s? Guess what? Students survived and degrees were achieved.

If we doubled that would make a lot of beds. Bunk beds installed instead of single beds. Students can study in libraries. The rents should of course be halved accordingly. It would be a win-win situation.

First year students will probably need a single room, but after that when new friends are made sharing wouldn’t be that difficult.

Mary McElligott, Glenoe, Listowel, County Kerry

Ballot boxes are supposed to keep our politicians in check

I would like to comment on Martina Devlin’s article (“Troy episode proves our mechanism for monitoring politicians needs a major overhaul”, Irish Independent26th of August).

It’s hard not to disagree with their analysis of all issues, including the Taoiseach’s and Tánaiste’s verdict of not seeing the writing on the wall if not in the members’ register of interests.

I guess what it was about was that conflicting quality of loyalty.

However, I would also argue that the idea of ​​having to police politicians seems like a somewhat bizarre concept.

Do we really have that much respect or trust in politics? Perhaps if a higher standard was required to serve as a minister, this could be a more effective area for the Sipo to delve into.

The ultimate reassurance for us is that the best mechanism in our democracy is always the ballot box, and undoubtedly due diligence on the part of the media and opposition to keep us informed – and to keep them in check.

Aidan Roddy, Cabinteely, Dublin 18 There may be no footprints in Ukraine, but the western powers are not mere spectators

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