In response to Eoin Dillon's letter ('No state pardon for Irish Army deserters') of July 8, 2011, I would like to present the following observations.
When I was in the Irish Army, I served with at least a dozen men who deserted the British army. What would Mr Dillon do with them?
Also, during World War Two there were hundreds of boys between the ages of 14 and 16 who joined the Army having given false baptismal certificates.
Some of these later joined the British army. Do these men not deserve to be pardoned because their initial enlistment was essentially null and void?
I do know one thing: Mr Dillon should salute all of these brave men for giving him the freedom to write his letter to the newspaper. I personally would like to salute and thank them profoundly. The world is a better place because of their service.
Rock Tavern, New York, USA