Cycle of Insanity. Record of Sinn Feinism. Sir A. Conan Doyle's Indictment

From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia

Cycle of Insanity is a letter written by Arthur Conan Doyle first published in the Belfast Evening Telegraph on 17 july 1917.

Cycle of Insanity

Record of Sinn Feinism

Sir A. Conan Doyle's Indictment

Sir, - The record of the Sinn Fein party during the few years of its existence is a remarkable one.

It has brought about the destruction of part of its own capital city.

It has driven a wedge through the solid South.

It has immensely strengthened the position of the North, by justifying all its fears, and,

It has, so far as it could, thrown away the fruits of fifty years of patient Constitutional reform.

It only remains for it now to open a civil war against a perfectly united Empire which has shown that it can put five million men in the field, and would do so again before it would consent to having a foreign republic between it and the oceans of the world. Wren it has achieved this result its cycle of insanity will be complete. Meanwhile I would ask whether any British party has ever in the whole course of history injured Ireland so much in so short a time.