John Bruton, former Fine Gael leader and Taoiseach na hÉireann, writing in the Irish Independent newspaper manages once again to prove his reputation as the idiot savant of Irish politics, as he discusses the approaching anniversary of the Easter Rising of 1916:
“Ireland is proud of its modern record as a peacekeeper, so we should remind ourselves constantly of the pain and loss that flows from all military actions, including actions that were initiated 100 years ago by Irish people.”
Which in terms of historical analysis is about as sophisticated as telling the people of Poland that they initiated World War II because of their actions during the 1939 invasion and occupation of their country by Hitler’s Third Reich. There may be an infinitesimally small grain of truth in there somewhere but only the most ideologically obsessive apologist for the aggressor could find it. Let alone use it as part of some sort of criticism. One just wishes Burton would return to doing what he does best: shimmying up and down the greasy pole of unregulated free-market capitalism.