EIRE: Neutral Against Whom?

Very flatly, the U.S. asked touchily neutral Eire to take the Allied side in World War II. Very flatly, Eire said no. That much the Irish, American and British man in the street learned last week. There was only a juicy hint of the scene that was acted when Washington's demand reached the proper desk in Dublin.

Presumably, peppery U.S. Minister David Gray (uncle, by marriage, to Eleanor Roosevelt Roosevelt) stepped down a corridor in Dublin's Leinster House, entered Prime Minister Eamon de Valera's office. Presumably, gaunt, U.S.-born "Dev" scanned the note handed him,...

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