Tuesday 24 April 2018

Republicans lack wisdom

Madam – The Republican movement can claim to be many things, but wise is not one of them. The wars they have fought define a movement that plays too fast and loose with the lives of their volunteers and that exhibits an unbelievable coldness for their victims.

This fighting of wars is central to their failure to understand the nature of the situation in Ireland. "Eight centuries of resistance", is the republican boast. Another way of looking at this is to try to understand why the English needed to keep their hold on Ireland. From the initial invite to Strongbow in the 12th Century, the English army was regularly attacked and the English king, Henry II, sensed that they were vulnerable to an invasion launched by their enemies, and helped by Strongbow, from Ireland.

For 800 years that position remained virtually the same.

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