Sanctions against Iran ignore lessons of history

Eamon Gilmore has committed us to EU sanctions against Iran, but this ill-advised stunt seems merely to back up yet more western folly in the Middle East, writes Tom McGurk.

29th January, 2012
Sanctions against Iran ignore lessons of history
Historically, we have used our neutrality to attempt to mediate and bring negotiation to international crises. Have we now abandoned that useful role, along with everything else, to the EU?

When you next pull in to the petrol pumps and the price of a litre is climbing towards €1.80, you must, apparently, turn your thoughts to Iran. But as the figures on the pump show you getting less petrol for more euro, turn your thoughts also to Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore.

There he was on the six o'clock news last Monday, wearing his best international pale-faced statesman look, warning us of Iran's inexorable movement...

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