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From: Irish Foreign Affairs: Editorials
Date: April, 2010
By: Editorial
Title: The Katyn Syndrome
A plane carrying the leaders of the Polish Government crashed in Russia on the way to a joint commemoration with the Russian Government at which it was expected that the Russian leadership would give an explanation or apology for the execution of Polish officers in Russia in May 1940 in the Katyn Forest.

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From: Church & State: Editorials
Date: April, 2010
By: Brendan Clifford
Title: End Of Treaty Church, beginning of…
The Pope must overcome his hubris: that was the message of Professor Diarmuid MacCulloch, who is the media historian of the moment on the history of Christianity, when he was interviewed about the current sex scandals involving the Roman Church. It was a puzzling message to come from a Christian. Christianity is nothing if not hubristic. It claims to be in league with the Creator of the Universe. And it is not possible to be more hubristic than that, except by claiming to run the Creator of the Universe. A modest Christianity would be a fake—it would be a confidence trick.

MacCulloch, in one of his television programmes, let it be known that he didn't believe a word of it. It was all figures of speech to him. At the same time he did not make it clear that he was giving the history of a deception or a delusion.

Demanding that the Pope should reject hubris is tantamount to demanding that he should reject Christianity. If there is to be authentic Christianity there must be hubris somewhere—and where better than Rome, where Christianity launched its bid to become the universal religion? The only other possible location is Canterbury, but Canterbury's claim derives from Rome.

Cardinal Newman is on track to be canonised…

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From: Irish Foreign Affairs: Articles
Date: April, 2010
By: Pat Walsh
Title: Acts of Contrition – Irish and Turkish
“Who remembers the Armenians?” That is the famous quotation attributed to Hitler - even though he may never have said it. But that is beside the point, surely, because it is just too good a story to discard because it does not stand the test of reliability or factual rigour.

If Hitler actually uttered those words he was terribly mistaken in his belief. The Armenians are widely remembered today. Much more so than the large and successful genocides that the Anglo-Saxon world achieved in the name of progress, but which are forgotten today because there is no one left to tell the tale.

Hitler was a great admirer of the British Empire and determined to emulate its racial theories and geopolitics. So it is surprising that he could not think of a better example of genocide than the Armenian case. But maybe he did and it was not reported, or else he kept it to himself in deference to his object of admiration.

But perhaps it was really because Hitler, himself, was a product of the world Britain made that he remembered the Armenians and forgot the others...

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From: Irish Foreign Affairs: Articles
Date: April, 2010
By: John Martin
Title: Review: Le Monde selon K. by Pierre Péan
It can be quite depressing to observe how some journalists in Ireland delight in denigrating aspects of our history and culture. Defence of the Independence struggle is seen as being backward. We are urged to celebrate British imperialist traditions such as the “poppy”. And the willingness of some Irish people to accept baubles from the British Queen is considered a sign of our maturity.
It is tempting to conclude that this characteristic of self-loathing is a psychological condition. Perhaps it is. But it is noticeable that the neurosis fits in with a coherent Anglo American view of the World.

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From: Irish Foreign Affairs: Articles
Date: April, 2010
By: Philip O'Connor
Title: British war strategy, the SOE and the IRA
The Special Operations Executive (SOE) was established in 1940 to support or create resistance movements in Europe and organise widespread “sabotage and subversion” as an extension of the British war effort. It was consciously outside and contrary to the “Rules of War” and was accompanied by military coups and sabotage raids organised by other branches of the secret services in pursuit of British war aims.

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