Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes issued a stark warning to supporters of Irish neutrality today when he reminded them that “if Ireland can’t be bombed during WWIII, we’ll all know who’s to blame.”
Hayes, the renowned public intellectual at the heart of his party’s campaign to persuade voters to abandon neutrality, called for ‘an honest debate’.
What certain people don’t seem to realize, the fearless campaigner pointed out, is that this country could once again miss out on all the action, ‘next time the balloon goes up’.
The Fine Gael firebrand said “there are those who make wild claims that we could be sucked into helping attack countries we have no business going to war with and from whose attacks we could not defend ourselves.”
“Now I ask you,” he smiled, genially, “how exactly could abandoning our neutrality, expose us to that sort of thing!”
What was needed on the subject, he said severely, was ‘more commonsense‘.