Saturday 3 December 2016

Letters: Our neutrality in World War II was the right decision

Published 02/09/2015 | 02:30

'Ireland would have been devastated by the Luftwaffe if we'd joined WWII'
'Ireland would have been devastated by the Luftwaffe if we'd joined WWII'

World War II Ireland was certainly not saved at the expense of others. Let those who want to thump their craws, fuelled by an inferiority bred and schooled into us, do so - we seem to find endless reasons for doing so, from fear of being dubbed racist to the preservation of frog spawn, or some other obscure reason.

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I am a 72-year-old 'war baby' who can recall some of the final days of the war, but more so the rationing that went on into 1950. Mary Sullivan of Cork has covered those days well, especially for those mouthy-type know-alls of a lesser age who seem to believe we should have declared war on Germany and thrown our lot in with Britain.

Our little, helpless nation was just out of the ravaging effects of the Great War and the War of Independence - throw in the Civil War for good luck and we were really on our knees - so neutrality was the right decision. However, there was an element in the opposition party who would have run head-long into the war.

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