Thursday 22 March 2018

An Irish sort of logic

Madam – Forgive what on the surface might appear to be boring pedantry, but I must tell you that your report referring to the "new landscape of possibilities" claimed by former President McAleese to have emerged from the "peace process" left one feeling distinctly uneasy as to the implications (Sunday Independent, June 9, 2013).

It would seem to imply that the so-called peace process, which in my view is overworked to the point of farce, was a good that emerged from a 30-year campaign of horror, euphemistically dubbed 'The Troubles', and that the latter was a necessary first step towards the former.

What one might describe as this Irish proclivity for tendentious logic-chopping, I suggest, is not only inherently flawed but lethally dangerous.

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