Response to Irish Neutrality??


Neutrality is one of those words like pacifist that sounds nice (Nice?) but doesn't always mean what people think. As far as I know, neutral states need not prevent warships (& by extension aircraft) of belligerent powers from using their ports/airports. There was a celebrated case in the US Civil War where a Confederate warship sheltered in (I think) Cherbourg (France being neutral in that war). The Union (Northern) ship was even able to be in port at the same time but hostilities only resumed when both were outside French waters. On that basis, provided Iraqi warplanes were also permitted to refuel in Shannon, the US overflights are not a violation of "neutrality".

Created By: John Kinsella