Thursday 21 November 2019

Blame games

•Michael Brennan from Waterford claims that: "We caused the deaths of these civilians (Iraqis) through our acquiescence in the invasion and war instigated by Tony Blair and George Bush" (Letters, September 12).

"We" did, did we? We, the people of a country that can be bounced into bailouts? We, the people who can have our passports forged by foreign assassins in their James Bond-esque plots? We, the people who sold beef to Gaddafi while he sold weapons to our own terrorists?

We have no more a part in innocent lives taken than the dogs in the street. In fact, I think Mr Brennan has a terribly inflated sense of national pride, if he thinks some protest by the Dail could have prevented the injustices!

Terrible crimes were perpetrated in Iraq, without a shadow of a doubt. But Mr Brennan should speak for himself if he feels such burden on his conscience as the "tens of thousands" of deaths he mentioned.

I had nothing to do with it.

Killian Foley-Walsh

Irish Independent

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