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COMMENTARY - NY Times Editorial Response

11 August, 2017

Letters Editor
620 8TH Avenue
New York, New York 10018

Dear Editor:
The veto of a US and British UN resolution seeking Syria’s cooperation in the investigation of a deadly gas attack was hardly unexpected ( “Frustration Over a War and Its Crimes” 8/9). Britain’s sponsorship is particularly galling. In 1974 members of the British Army planned and provided bombs for the largest act of slaughter of the 30 year conflict…the no-warning bombing of Dublin and Monaghan shopping centers. The death toll pales compared to the crimes investigated by Carla del Ponte but the intrinsic evil is the same. Thirty-three killed instantly…mostly women and children. Three-hundred maimed or injured. From the moment the Irish Police (Gardai) identified 6 of those who delivered the bombs, the British government stopped cooperating with the Irish governments investigation. To this day every British government has stonewalled Irish efforts to determine who was ultimately responsible for what was an unprovoked ‘act of war.’ The British are forever claiming how they share American values like the rule of law, justice and truth. Let them join the U. S. in putting Ms. Del Ponte to work investigating the Dublin Monaghan bombings, a legacy issue specified in the 1998 U. N. registered Belfast Treaty and ignored by every Prime Minister since.

Michael J. Cummings
201 W Evergreen Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19118

Michael J. Cummings, a native of Springfield, Mass., is a graduate of St. Anselm’s College (B. A., 1968) and New York University (M. P. A., 1970) and a former member of the National Boards of the Irish American Unity Conference (1996-2013), the Ancient Order of Hibernians (2001-2008), and the Irish Northern Aid Committee (1988-1996). He served six National AOH Presidents, 5 IAUC National Presidents and two National Chairman of INA primarily in public relations capacities. He is the only person to serve on the national policy making bodies of all three major Irish American organizations. He also served on the Commission on Peace and Justice of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany. He served 36 years with the State of New York including as Assistant Deputy Comptroller.Cummings has appeared on American, English and Irish television and radio and his commentary and letters and those of the Presidents have appeared in major American, Irish-American, and Catholic print media. He is a frequent columnist for the weekly IRISH ECHO newspaper.