The Republic of Ireland is a modern dynamic country. It is not without its own tumultuous history like many other nations. However, few countries have such a recent reminder of how the gun and politics should never mix. As a neutral country, the Republic is distrustful of displays of military prowess. This is one of our strengths. A military display has dangerous and potent elements that should be obvious to all. The potential for misuse by elements of the Republican movement should concern all citizens of the state. Such a sensitive event in Irish history should not be politicised in such an opporunistic manner. The riots in Dublin of February 25th should be a warning to us all.