Clin­ton black­ens TCD name

Irish Independent - - Letters & Editorial Comment -

■ As a grad­u­ate and for­mer em­ployee of Trin­ity Col­lege, I am sur­prised and dis­ap­pointed Trin­ity Col­lege awarded an hon­orary doc­tor­ate to Hil­lary Clin­ton.

Ms Clin­ton was for­mer US sec­re­tary of state dur­ing the over­throw­ing of the Libyan govern­ment in 2011, which was largely as­sisted by US and Nato bomb­ing cam­paigns.

On Oc­to­ber 20, 2011, the day that Gaddafi was bru­tally mur­dered she was in­ter­viewed by CBS news. She laughed as she said: “We came, we saw and he died.”

She blames many peo­ple in­clud­ing Vladimir Putin, Barak Obama, James Comey and Bernie Saun­ders for her de­feat in the US pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. But the re­al­ity is that at the time when she rep­re­sented the op­por­tu­nity to be the first fe­male US pres­i­dent she should have been by far the pre­ferred can­di­date, es­pe­cially given the un­suit­abil­ity of her main op­po­nent. It is clear the ma­jor­ity of US cit­i­zens sim­ply nei­ther liked nor trusted Hil­lary Clin­ton.

Why did Trin­ity Col­lege award an hon­orary doc­tor­ate to such a failed politi­cian? Per­haps the an­swer is con­tained in TCDs web­site with re­gard to hon­orary doc­tor­ates, which states: “Nom­i­na­tions are sought for in­di­vid­u­als of [...] ex­cep­tional achieve­ment whose ac­cep­tance of an hon­orary de­gree would add lus­tre to this univer­sity.”

This seems to sug­gest that the pur­pose of such awards is the self-serv­ing one of adding lus­tre to the univer­sity.

Awards like this one to Hil­lary Rod­ham Clin­ton are more likely to tar­nish the long-stand­ing rep­u­ta­tion of TCD than add lus­tre to it.

Dr Ed­ward Hor­gan Castletroy, Lim­er­ick

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