Sabina Coyne’s call for a negotiated settlement in Ukraine reflects the principles of Article 29 of Bunreacht na hÉireann, and the wisdom vitally informing our Peace Process.
In 1955 Ireland joined the United Nations. In that same year, Albert Einstein and Bertrand Russell issued their Russell/Einstein Manifesto. They warned that any war involving nuclear states risked spiralling into annihilation:
Most of us are not neutral in feeling, but, as human beings, we have to remember that, if the issues between East and West are to be decided in any manner that can give any possible satisfaction to anybody, whether Communist or anti-Communist, whether Asian or European or American, whether White or Black, then these issues must not be decided by war. We should wish this to be understood, both in the East and in the West.
We need such voices now, as much as ever.