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100 years ago: Ireland: Americans report

01 April 2021

April 1st, 1921.

ON WEDNESDAY evening a summary was issued to the Press of the report made by the American Commission on Ireland. As might be expected, the report contains some very strong language, and in one sentence goes the length of declaring that the British Army in Ireland has been guilty of proved excesses not incomparable in degree and kind with those alleged by the Bryce Report on Belgian Atrocities to have been committed by the Imperial German Army. Whatever views may be entertained at home respecting the conduct of our troops in Ireland [100 Years Ago, 26 February], there will, we imagine, be almost complete agreement concerning this report. All but a few extremists will resent bitterly the affront which the holding of such an inquiry into the affairs of another nation carries with it. The fact that the members of the Commission comprised men of the greatest distinction in the United States only serves to aggravate the offence, for which the only possible excuse is America’s lack of schooling in the good manners of international relations. The Commission regret that Sir Horace Plunkett, Mr George Russell, and other distinguished Irishmen ignored or declined the invitations issued to them. To us it is a matter of astonishment that the invitations could have been issued at all, or, if issued, an acceptance for an instant thought possible.

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