Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 22 November 2014

These pointless extra yards at end of conflict

During the last hours of the First World War, even though it was known that peace was coming, troops were ordered into battle so that a few more yards of territory would be given to 'our side'.

We should be grateful to Liam Clarke (Comment, October 31) for exposing the fact that our paramilitary 'soldiers' were guilty of similar thinking and who placed exactly the same low value on the lives of Irish people as did the incompetent commanders during the needless bloodshed of WW1.

It is easy for people to talk of the necessity of armed action when it is not your son that is going to die.

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