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Monkey statue lacks awareness

Published 09/04/2013

THE decision by a council in the Republic to erect a statue to a monkey called Tojo displays a lack of awareness of British and European history and a lack of human empathy over tragic events from the not-so-distant past.

While this particular Tojo may have been an inoffensive, albeit drunken, monkey, the original Tojo, whom it was named after, was a Japanese war criminal, responsible for the death and suffering of countless thousands of POWs and millions of civilians.

I realise that the Republic was neutral during these long war years and so, perhaps, these tragic events are of scant importance to the collective conscience of those who did not suffer, as most of Europe did.

However, they could start to make amends and atone for this by putting up another statue, such as one of the brave King William on his horse.


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