That is certain to win me zero brownie points from the ranks of the social media SS, but not being remotely interested in what the Screamer Society hates or screams about, it doesn't much matter.
Still, it is something of an understatement to say that I was extremely dismayed with An Taoiseach's response to Richard Boyd Barrett's comments in Dail Eireann on the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian oligarchs fronted by Vladimir Putin.
Vladimir Putin, a bully and a thug, has unleashed an unprovoked and unjustifiable war on the people of Ukraine, committing war crimes in the process – as we are witnessing.
In spite of this seeming discursive convergence, Martin appeared riled by Boyd Barrett's use of "warmonger" when referring to NATO, angrily demanding that the term be withdrawn. Here the discourse and the ideology parted way. This was a request grounded in the vernacular of Western self-approval, demanding of Boyd Barrett that he should gainsay any notion that NATO bombed Belgrade, Libya or Afghanistan, and accept that the West's military alliance has not been involved in a two-pronged exercise of military expansionism towards and encirclement of Russia.
Boyd Barrett has been pretty consistent in this matter, previously insisting:
Of course we should condemn what Russia are doing, but why is there no condemnation, from a country that is supposed to be neutral, about a clear agenda by NATO to expand eastwards and to escalate military tensions with Russia?
This is an obvious question for a society to ask of its government, when to cite Orwell, “speaking the truth in times of universal deceit is a revolutionary act.” While the Taoiseach accused him of seeking moral equivalence between NATO and the current aggressive belligerent, Boyd Barrett is no apologist for Russia's unilateral war on Ukraine. If anything he has used language that many might find unparliamentary, going even further than Micheál Martin, describing Putin as a barbarian, thug, murderer, warmonger.
This is where the logic and consistency of An Taoiseach is eviscerated. As images reach us today from the city of Kharkiv, which is starting to resemble Gaza, it must be asked why Micheál Martin has never once used language like "thug and bully" to describe Benjamin Netanyahu, another Putin who just happens to speak Hebrew rather than Russian but who, crucially, is an ally of the West?
analysts committed to a US foreign policy of realism and restraint have warned for more than a quarter‐century that continuing to expand the most powerful military alliance in history toward another major power would not end well. The war in Ukraine provides definitive confirmation that it did not.
There is war in Europe, which has the potential to escalate to a catastrophic level on a global playing field that could end up levelled in the worst possible way. We are witnessing scenes that should be history not current affairs. Our leaders should lead with the language of ethical clarity and desist from misleading through recourse to a linguistic moral fog.
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