Earlier this year, the government expelled one Russian diplomat over an attempted murder of a critic in Salisbury.
The Foreign Minister, Simon Coveney, said ‘the attack in Salisbury was not just an attack against the United Kingdom, but an affront to the international rules-base system on which we all depend for our security and wellbeing.”
Fast forward to what happened in Istanbul two weeks ago when Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post journalist walked into its embassy.
Saudi agents were waiting and within minutes Mr. Khashoggi was dead, beheaded, dismembered, his fingers severed, and within two hours the killers were gone, according to details from audio recordings described by a senior Turkish official.
Yet the Irish government has not condemned the Saudi regime. It has not asked any of its diplomats to leave its embassy in Dublin. It pretends this is just ‘an embarrassment’
The murder of Jamal Khashoggi has captured the headlines of news media. But it only one act that exposes the world’s most brutal regime
Mohammed bin Salman, the leader of Saudi Arabia, has launched a war in Yemen that has killed thousands and now threatens a famine that might affect up to 13 million people. He has deliberately targeted civilians, murdering 40 children when one of his bombs hit a school bus.
Yet this brute has the backing of the US and Britain. Both these countries are supplying him with weapons and helping co-ordinate his air war in Yemen.
The reason why Varadkar and Coveney are doing nothing about the war in Yemen or Khashoggi’s murder is that they also see themselves as part of the Anglo-American camp.
And so they stay silent on the murderous activities of the Saudi regime.