- Sep 25, 2007
Ireniall, your problem is that the lessons of Irish history have been lost on you.Well I definitely don't accept all of that and I find your views about Protestants owning the good land to be chillingly sinister and unlikely to be the basis of any sort of unity. A hint of this stuff will have everyone running from the idea.
Every move towards the independence of this country from Britain has been opposed tooth and nail, without regard to the niceties by Unionists. Democracy decreed Ireland should have be given it's independence in 1918. Britain flouted that unambiguous democratic expression. When they couldn't bludgeon and murder the natives into submission, they did the next best thing and hacked the country in two.
The six counties was an abortion from the very start. The nationalists there were treated like filth. Only for World War 2 it would have been an economic basket case for much of its existence.
The most modest steps towards lifting the boot off the Fenian throat by Terence O'Neill were met by fascist venom with few precedents on this island.
There will be a unity referendum. Unionists will do what they have always done. They will oppose it with crude violence, the vast majority of it targeted at unarmed catholics. This time though, their goose is cooked. History has run out of time for them. It would be nice to think they'll say it's a fair cop, but every historical precedent tells us THAT WILL NOT HAPPEN.
And yet you talk about sinister nationalism?