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We have no duty to pay debts of international gamblers

While stopping short of unilaterally defaulting, the time has come to renegotiate with our creditors, says John Crown

Published 15/05/2011 | 05:00

"Si vis pacem, para bellum -- If you want peace, prepare for war"

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-- Vegetius

To read some of the commentary over the last week, one would be forgiven for reaching the conclusion that Ireland was about to be plunged headlong into a full-scale, but highly asymmetrical, economic war against an array of powerful international adversaries. The images conjured up included hostile foreigners impounding our airliners and middle-class people in Dublin foraging for food in dustbins.

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