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Two sides to every story on the Great War

PIERCE Martin (Garret's blind spot on the Great War, May 30) castigates the late Dr Garret FitzGerald's attitude to those Irish who volunteered to fight with the British in World War One.

Mr Martin tells us of his great grandfather who joined the British Army "because he was outraged by the fact that the Germans had massacred 6,000 Belgian civilians within the first few weeks of occupation".

I wonder how outraged Mr Martin's great grandfather was at the slaughter of between five and 10 million Congolese during the imperial reign of King Leopold of Belgium?

Perhaps Mr Martin's great grandfather should have joined forces with the brutalised Congolese people against both Belgian and British colonists.

Or better still, he could have stayed home in Ireland and fought for the freedom of this small nation.

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