|I read his piece (online) on Friday with amazement. I could swear it was in “AN IRISHMAN’S DIARY” but later when I sought it could not |
find it. When I eventually found it there was no mention of the
DIARY. I know I’m getting old and wheels are falling off my wagon
but I would like someone to tell me whether I am mistaken. The
ambassador was going on about British Military casualties of WWII
amongst other things. Near 400,000 from the Empire over which the sun had notset – and further afield, including Ireland. I was
wondering why the Russian Ambassador was not invited to write on The Great Patriotic War which claimed the lives of sixty times as
many people from a population a fraction of that of the British
Empire. For a bonus perhaps an Indian might have been asked to
mention the millions who died in the1942-1943 Famine engineered by Churchill, and the thousands of democrats interned by the Raj. The
Taoiseach whose father was Indian ‘might beprevailed upon to
remark on these subjects, and, while wooing Fianna Fail, mention the hero’s welcome De Valera got in the newly-liberated Indiain 1948.
Then again, Pigs might Fly.To add insult to injury, the Ambassador’s
piece was accompanied by a photo of the RAF’s “Paddy” Finucane
praised by Churchill in his mean-hearted VE Day Speech, praising
such “Good Irishmen” who served the Empire and sneering at those other Irishmen and women who served Ireland. Whilst the
murderers of Belfast’s Patrick Finucane remain at large the IRISH
TIMES and the AMBASSADOR should be Personae Non Gratae
in civilised society.
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