Sunday 4 December 2016

Soldiers betrayed oath they took

Published 26/02/2012 | 05:00

Madam -- I read Emer O'Kelly's article 'Vitriol over 'deserters' reveals hatred beneath mask' (Sunday Independent February 19, 2012) not having previously heard of the alleged furore about this issue. I do not believe such contempt exists for Irish soldiers who deserted to the Allies in the Second World War.

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It is believed that Tom Crean did not speak of his exploits in the Antarctic, because they were carried out under the British flag. Thankfully today, his heroism is celebrated regardless -- a sign of the modern era of inclusiveness.

The real point seems to have been brushed over in the article, that these men committed a cardinal sin as soldiers -- they deserted to a foreign army. They took an oath, and betrayed it -- that was the real issue.

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