Coveney’s anti-war waf­fle

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - LETTERS -

SOME­TIMES I feel ashamed to be Ir­ish, like when I read about Si­mon Coveney’s re­sponse to the hor­ri­fy­ing chem­i­cal attack in Syria.

Our for­eign min­is­ter tells us the attack is shame­ful and ‘there needs to be full ac­count­abil­ity’. But mil­i­tary ac­tion? No, Coveney doesn’t like that at all. In­stead he wants ‘in­de­pen­dent in­spec­tion and re­port­ing’ through the UN’.

What a vac­u­ous waste of space this talk is. As Nick Robin­son of the BBC has pointed out, there has not been a sin­gle in­de­pen­dent UN-led in­spec­tion since the war in Syria be­gan eight years ago – be­cause Rus­sia has ve­toed calls for such in­ves­ti­ga­tions six times.

Like it or not, some­times di­plo­macy just doesn’t work and mil­i­tary ac­tion is the only se­ri­ous al­ter­na­tive. Coveney’s waf­fling and pon­tif­i­cat­ing aban­dons the vic­tims of As­sad. Gary Kee­gan, Co. Meath.

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