- Dec 2011
Whoa!They are a million mile away, no threat to Britain, They didn't have a corrupt and bigoted administration ruling over them for five hundred years. And they're Britain's little darings who did nothing wrong and have little to no history to speak off. And excuss us for our nasty war, but we to fought a nasty war, and nasty civil war that makes Ireland's look tame. I mean we didn't have three hundred million people telling the Brits to leave like India, and we didn't have Facebook and tweetter, to bring down a government like Egypt. So don't judge what Ireland had to go through to getting her Republic, after all, Britain could have givien her what she wanted, but all they care about was their damn empire.
I'm sure the Aussies/Kiwis and Canucks would be deeply unimpressed by that, just because it's not written down doesn't mean it isn't history. Does the US have 'little history to speak off?'. Ireland had a corrupt/bigoted administration but so did the rest of Britain And Europe. And the world. Just that the Irish Free State continued to have that after partition.
As you say they were no threat to Britain which Irish Nationalism WAS, hence the plantation in the first place. If Irish Nationalism wasn't a threat Irish Unionism and the rest of Britain would have no problem with it. Hence why Britain refused to 'give Ireland her republic' partly because it was a threat to the rest of the Empire but also because it cared about the Irish Unionists who would suffer under them.
Also it's not a question of one long continuous quest for a republic, had Charles 1st, James 2nd or Bonnie Prince Charlie succeeded they'd have been perfectly happy with a Catholic monarch and the link to the rest of the British Isles.
The ACW dwarfs Irelands troubles, between 1916-23 we probably lost only 2000 people or so which is less than one days wastage for Irish soldiers at Gallipoli or The Somme. But its' legacy of bitterness remains. They say when the elderly veterans re-enacted Pickett's charge on the 50th anniversary of Gettysberg their Union counterparts could not wait to rise up and greet them as fellow Americans. Yet Ireland's Troubles continue, a man murdered in Belfast just this week.