Leo Varadker, Soul Brother of the late Hitler Shirt-wearing* Ernst Rohm, has been to Kiev to worship the junta there and to dishonour the memory of Eamon de Valera, probably the most rational, ethical and successful public figure of the twentieth century.
I mean to support my contention with irrefutable argument at a later date. But I’m on holiday now,
Varadker is today’s leading Blueshirt from a party that in Government in 1931 could not at the League of Nations find fault with the attack by Britain’s then ally, Japan, ,seizing Manchuria from China. When Fianna Fail took office, Eamon De Valera pressed the League to impose sanctions on the aggressor.
When Fascist Italy attacked Abyssinia, De Valera demanded that the members of the League of Nations honour their Covenant and impose effective sanctions on the aggressors. He was willing to commit Irish soldiers – men whose national allegiance was to Ireland – to an international League force devoted to its Covenant.
Britain’s Anthony Eden labelled Dev as “a firebrand.”
But, to be fair, Britain did insist Italy pay for its aggression.
Italy paid fees into the British-owned Suez Canal Company’s coffers, for the passage of the aggressors with their war materiel through it.
Napoleon dismissed the English as a nation of shopkeepers. That nation’s rulers might be, without injustice, described as shoplifters.
Fine Gael, on losing office in 1932, shed any pretence of believing in democratic parliamentary politics nd openly adopted the strutting,saluting and uniform-wearing habits of Mussolini’s Blackshirts and Hitler’s Brown-Shirts, “Hitler-Shirts” in John A Costello’s admiring speech.
Fine Gael attacked De Valera’s principled, sane approach . They appealed for support for “Catholic” Italy’s rape of an inoffensive nation. Pope Pius II was no better than the Blueshirts in this matter.
Mussolini, an ex Socialist,had been bankrolled by British Intelligence since about 1917and had a Senior Italian Socialist MP murdered, before being dubbed a Knight of the Bath by Britain’s King George V in 1923 an Honour not revoked until he attacked France in 1940.
Today Sir Keir Starmer shares Musso’s Old Honour.
When Germany’s Jews were stripped of their civil employment and other rights by the Nazis in 1935 (The Nuremberg Decrees) Eamon de Valera publicly condemned that outrage.
For his principled and civilised statement de Valera was criticised by the Blueshirts’ Desmond Fitzgerald, perhaps their least obnoxious luminary.
When the following year, General Franco was airlifted from the Canary Islands (where the Spanish Government had stationed him believing he could do no harm) by British Agents to Spanish Morocco from which he launched his treasonable tyranny on his nation, the Blueshirts organised an Irish Fascist unit in his support.
I don’t know what happened to the Grace of God, Who must have been asleep when Varadker, a Soul-Mate of Ernst Rohm, became Taoiseach.
It is an Office in which Eamon de Valera earned the respect of many nations struggling from the shackles of imperial tyranny. Most notably INDIA, Varadker’s paternal home.