• Like the soldier left behind with enough ammunition to hold out for a while to save the glorious euro from the advancing enemy, sooner or later we are going to run out of credit or the people's ability to endure the battle.
Our EU 'partners' praise us for our bravery and hint that when they regroup they will counter attack and come to the rescue.
In reality, they know this is most unlikely, but they do their best to keep our spirits up, knowing that by so doing, our defence will hold out a bit longer -- to their own betterment. It's sad we can't see this and even sadder that this Government can't see it will eventually rue the day it sacrificed our people and the livelihoods of young couples with children and big mortgages for our 'European friends' who are long overdue proving their friendship over the bank debt.
Our smallness in the European Union relative to Spain (now ahead of us in the queue for a real deal) shows how pointless membership of the EU has become for small countries.
They influence little and their plight goes unheard until it's often too late.
In many ways, small countries and their people resemble the infantry fodder pushed into hopeless trench warfare on the Somme, with massive losses and effort for so little gain.
The battles over the coming Budget, fought out with leak and spin on the airwaves, are destroying consumer demand in the domestic economy.
It shows that, like the generals in World War One, our leaders can just keep repeating the same mistakes year after year.
When will some politicians finally "come to their senses" and stand up for the people and see the futility of the current war of attrition being waged for some glorious goal of "integration" for our EU partners, who in their heart of hearts, have long detached themselves from the reality of ordinary citizens' lives?
When will the generals cop on or the trench troops decide to finally revolt? More importantly, what issue will be the trigger?
That is becoming the only question that really remains to be answered over the next few months.
Ennis, Co Clare