Why Ireland should join a European Defence Force.

Previously published in The Irish Independent.

If there is one national trait that separates the Irish as a race from many others, it is the ability to hold two contradictory ideas at once. Take last week, where we sniggered at an ad put out by Boris Johnson declaring a very substantial increase in the British defence budget, classing British forces as a force for good in the world and the bravest of the brave.

We sniggered and also gnashed our teeth, remembering Bloody Sunday and the British army at its worst, opening fire into a crowd of civilians in response to what regard as a legitimate paramilitary operation against an occupying power, the assassination of British intelligence operatives on a quiet Sunday morning.

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