My “Irish Correspondent” is very sad…

12 Mar

And who can blame him?

I am not a fan of the UK myself.

But this does not mean that I get myself a gun and go out at night shooting British soldiers or policemen. It makes no sense at all to behave in such a way. And anyone who claims that the cruel murders committed by a number of Irishmen on Saturday evening at the gate of the British Army’s Massereene Barracks (home base of the 38th Regiment, Royal Engineers) in Co. Antrim (north of Belfast) have anything whatsoever to do with politics or the Irish desire for self-determination and a united Irish nation is both a fool and a liar.

Read the rest of his post: Back to the ‘Bad Old Days’?

The romance of revolution has, we must always remember, its dark side: it inevitably becomes a blood feud. Where that ends no-one ever knows. Ireland has so recently recovered from its painful past, and has enough problems, as we all do, dealing with a very different painful present.

No-one expected things to be perfect, or to be without plenty of ‘teething problems’. But after the strongest exponents from both Northern communities – the former arch enemies DUP and Sinn Féin – managed to bury the hatchet and work together constructively in the Stormont administration, even the most serious sceptics began to think that there could be a peaceful future for the Six Counties.

The dream lasted for 22 months, and with every day the hopes for normality and prosperity grew a little larger.

But then came last weekend, and with it the return of guns – and the nutters who use them – to the North of Ireland.

What is encouraging is the tide of revulsion. See Dignified defiance as Belfast falls silent after killings in today’s Sydney Morning Herald.



Since I wrote this the Irish Correspondent has updated.


Posted by on March 12, 2009 in current affairs, Europe, Irish


2 responses to “My “Irish Correspondent” is very sad…

  1. Peter (Worldman)

    March 12, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    What has shocked me anyway, since many years, is that in Europe, in “civilized” countries, there should be problems and fighting because of religion. I mean, the Swiss Catholics and Swiss Protestants did fight each other too, but that was in middle age.

  2. Neil

    March 12, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    It’s a long story, not all of it about religion. My father’s ancestors were on one side of the divide, coming from County Cavan in the main — but around 200 years ago! Their descendants here gave up their attachment to the Orange side of the issue, but it did linger a long time.

    Point is it did seem very much over, thank God, until these idiots set out to revive it.

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