Sent: Sun, Nov 7, 2010 9:54 pm
Subject: Price of Fighting in the Second World War
I wish someone would advise your London Editor, Mark Hennessy (November 6)
that the voters of the 26 Counties, in a democratic exercise, enacted a new
Constitution in 1937 which abolished the Irish Free State, and that neither they nor
anyone else has re-established it.They might further advise him that they required
fidelity to the Irish nation from all citizens.The Irish State did not conscript its Defence
Forces, whose volunteers swore allegiance to Ireland as free men.
Those who deserted dishonoured their solemn oaths. Those deserters who joined
foreign armies, to later return and expect to be trusted in the Irish public service, had
Those who served in Singapore or Burma were hardly champions of democracy as
democracy was not on Britain’s agenda in the Far East, anymore than in Africa, or,
come to think of it in Derry, Fermanagh .or Tyrone.
Neither Vichy France nor de Gaulle’s Free French dissident republicans had
democracy or colonial freedom on their agenda. Singing the Marseillaise in
Casablanca may be dramatic, but as a reflection of the ambient sentiment
as false as singing God Save the Queen in Crossmaglen.
As for the USA, Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas were hardly models
Ireland may have been remiss in many things under De Valera but the Allies
were in no position to lecture him on democracy and human rights.
Nor is Mr Hennessy qualified to heap insults on the memory of Irishmen
and women faithful to their country and their oaths.