Wednesday 24 May 2017

The Long Fellow and neutrality

I visited the 'Shoah in Europe' exhibition at the Department of Justice last week. I can understand Minister Alan Shatter's attack on the "moral bankruptcy" of our State "in the context of the Holocaust", for its policy of neutrality during World War Two.

Mr Shatter, though, is quite wrong to make such a link. Our neutrality during the war was essentially an expression of the new State's independence in the context of possible aggression by the great powers.

The mistake Mr Shatter and many others make is a 'post hoc' view of history.

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