Sunday, 29 May 2016

World War One - fighting alongside your worst enemy

Irishmen fought in British force ranks during world war one to benefit the self-determination aspiration of the Irish nation i.e to encourage the British state to loosen its colonial grip on Ireland. However, self-serving British Colonists in the North of Ireland foolishly seek to portray this as the Irish suffering some form of Stockholm syndrome allegiance to our foreign British colonial occupier.

It's an uncontentious fact 'why' in 1914 the Irish Parliamentary Party leader John Redmond encouraged Irishmen to join the British war effort. He held a misguided belief the British state would, at the conclusion of the war, do the honourable thing; fully implement his 1912 Home Rule Bill to grant Ireland one new parliament in Dublin.

Ireland's Colonial Occupation

Ireland was known as 'the land of Saints and Scholars' in the centuries preceding British occupation but in the subsequent centuries British brutality transformed the Irish nation into a virtual peasant people. Consequently, the Irish nation many times rebelled against foreign British colonial rule e.g research the reign of Queen "bloody" Mary I, Oliver "the butcher" Cromwell, Arthur "the enslaver" Chichester, Charles "the genocidal" Trevelyan and the Risings of 1534, 1569, 1579, 1594, 1608, 1641, 1798, 1803, 1804, 1848, 1867, 1912, 1916, 1918 and others. Our small nation evidently lacked the resources to oust the mighty British empire from our native homeland. After so much brutality, denigration and many failed rebellions our people felt obliged to try securing our freedom in stages when eventually given limited representation within a perversely gerrymandered colonial parliamentary system. Despite a wealth of contrary evidence, British Colonialists who forced the undemocratic partition of our homeland stupidly portray this curates egg option of last resort as indicative of we Irish embracing foreign British colonial rule - this vile propaganda serves only to belittle the many Irish victims of the British state and its Colonists and insults the memory of the many brave Irishmen and Irishwomen who fought and died in pursuit of Irish freedom.

"…there is no nation of people under the sun that doth love equal and indifferent justice better than the Irish…" - Sir John Davies (17th century Attorney General under English King James I)

Bloody Imperial Conquesting

While the British state was brutally occupying a small and harmless Irish nation it was dishonestly portraying world war one as "a noble quest to free a small beleaguered nation" from the German empire. But, truth is WW1 was a bloody land-grab venture between imperial powers and little brutal Belgium was one of them. Furthermore, WW1 concluded with the "noble" British occupying an additional dozen countries. These facts being true, those who fought in WW1 might well have been brave and honourable men but that doesn't exonerate the state using them as cannon fodder in a bloody land-grab war that ought never to have occurred. And, until fools wise up and use commemorations to outright condemn wars then your war-mongering state will lead and use commemorations to perpetuate the lie that to supposedly "fight and die for your country" are heroic and honourable deeds.

World War One Treaty

World War one was concluded with the British state increasing the size of its empire and it signing the Treaty of Versailles in 1919. This Treaty contained 14 principles agreed by the British state and the other major powers, and two of these principles pertained directly to the predicament of small nations such as Ireland. Namely:

5) A free, open-minded, and absolutely impartial adjustment of all colonial claims, based upon a strict observance of the principle that in determining all such questions of sovereignty the interests of the populations concerned must have equal weight with the equitable claims of the government whose title is to be determined.
14) A general association of nations must be formed under specific covenants for the purpose of affording mutual guarantees of political independence and territorial integrity to great and small states alike...

British Anti-democratic Terrorism

It must be borne in mind 'British involvement in Ireland already lacked democratic legitimacy. As Tom McGurk put it: "British rule was entirely a product of conquest and therefore devoid of moral authority".' - Chris Donnelly. Consequently, British Unionists in N Ireland must be obliged to acknowledge some plain truths. Firstly, the British state had no mandate to usurp Irish Brehon Law and incorporate Ireland into the United Kingdom as per its 1800 Act of Union? Secondly, when in 1914 the British state planned to partition Ireland into two states it usurped the "democratic process" it imposed and which was successfully used by the Irish nation to secure the Home Rule Bill of 1912? Thirdly, the majority of the Irish electorate expressed its 1918 democratic will to form an independent Ireland outside the UK. However - despite its Treaty of Versailles commitment of 1919, in 1921 the mighty British state engaged in terrorism by threatening "immediate and terrible war" if our tiny Irish nation refused to concede to partitioning Ireland into two states and remain under British colonial rule?

Friendly Neighbours Paradox

It's vitally important to draw a distinction between the average citizen of Britain verses the British state albeit the former elect the latter to represent them. That said, apparently, almost half the British population are 'proud of Britain's history of colonialism'. The Irish nation has no gripe with the average British citizen and remain open to growing cordial neighbourly relations with them. Nevertheless, the people of Britain must appreciate that we Irish will not be relieved of our profound sense of grievance that their foreign government's colonial rule over a part of Ireland keeps our nation divided in our native homeland - politicians diplomats and their puppets in the media who seek to promote an alternative image of this profound Irish mindset are being wilfully dishonest.

The greatest obstacle to cementing British-Irish relations is not Irish Republicans just quest to reunify our island nation and build a new egalitarian society. Rather, the problem is those Unionists/Colonialists who keep electing N Ireland's unBritish DUP and UUP parties - to them the UK Union flag is not a tool to promote modern British values but a flag of convenience to mask retention of their Afrikaner-like supremacist attitude toward the native Irish population. History proves, the Irish in Ireland are the upholders of legitimate democratic values whereas the unapologetic terrorists are the British state and the Unionists/Colonialists it planted in our Ulster province to aid and abet its untold evils against the Irish nation in our native homeland.

In the inimitable words of our 1916 Easter Rebellion hero Padraic Pearse: 'Ireland unfree shall never be at peace'...

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