“History’s a whore”.

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“History’s a whore. She rides the winners”.   –  Stewart Parker

 

If you want evidence for Parker’s assertion, take a look at some of the newspaper coverage of the Easter Rising.  The gush-fests of today we can take as read.

The Belfast News-Letter 4 May 1916:

“No terms of denunciation that pen could indict would be too strong to apply to those responsible for the insane and criminal rising of last week”.

 

The Irish Times 27 April:

“We are glad to learn that in spite of the current troubles in Dublin, the Royal Dublin Society’s Spring Show will be opened today”.

 

 The Irish Times 29 April:

“The State has struck, but its work has not finished. The surgeon’s knife has been put to the corruption in the body of Ireland, and its course must not be stayed until the whole malignant growth is removed”.

The Irish Independent:

“We care little what becomes of the leaders who are morally responsible for this terrible mischief”.

“Irish blood [spilt in World War One] is an expiation for the acts of unfilial ingrates who have besmirched the honor of their native land…Our heads must hang low in shame for the misdeeds of those.”

“The Rising was a mere matter of hours, a miserable fiasco leaving behind its trail of war and horror. Let us in God’s name be done with resistance or thought of revolution in Ireland whatever its guise or pretext”.

 

Put Ruth Dudley Edwards or Jim Cusack in a starched collar and they might well have written the above.

 

 

13 Responses to “History’s a whore”.

  1. Sherdy March 27, 2016 at 10:54 am #

    Heard the UVF spokesman John Kyle on radio this morning complaining of Irish ‘treachery’ by starting a rebellion against the Brits while they were otherwise militarily engaged.
    Had Churchill behaved similarly I am sure he would have regarded opportunism as good battle tactics.
    Irishmen fighting to free Ireland from foreign domination was wrong, but irishmen (foolishly) fighting in support of British imperialism was heroic!
    Typical loyalist, anything for a moan.

    • Ryan March 27, 2016 at 2:18 pm #

      Sherdy, I sometimes actually think that Unionists like John Kyle literally believe that the men/women of 1916 committed “treason”. They literally believe that Irish people wanted to be part of the British Empire then…..they literally believe Britain had a right to be in Ireland….I’m not being rude here but I would actually be very interested in Unionists taking an IQ test just to see what the results are because their ignorance sometimes is unbelievable to the point I actually think they might be something wrong with some of them.

      Well, when it comes to Churchill he would’ve used any tactic to win a war, even murdering thousands of innocent civilians, such as at Dresden in Germany. George Galloway once said Churchill was the first person to ever authorize the use of chemical weapons, he did it against Kurdish tribes in Iraq. Again, I’m sure many innocent men, women and children died there but yet he was officially voted the “Best Brit to ever have lived”……Jack the Ripper was voted the worst Brit to ever have lived in the same poll. I guess candidates for the title of Best Brit were judged on how many innocent people they murdered, Jack the Ripper had no chance of overtaking Churchill in that category…..Churchill was so renowned for targeting innocent civilians even Adolf Hitler mentioned this in his speeches and swore he would “wipe British cities away” in revenge for the destruction Churchill caused in Germany (this was long before Dresden). Now, when you have even Adolf Hitler shocked at your tactics then you know your doing something badly wrong…..Hitler even brought up the fact the British invented concentration camps and killed tens of thousands of Boer women and children in South Africa. Of course, all this was for Hitlers own propaganda and to shock normal Germans but still he was accurate in what he was saying.

      Indeed Gusty Spence even justified his sectarian murders of innocent Catholic civilians by quoting what Churchill did in Dresden. Of course Churchill was the epitome of morality, he was British after all……that seems to be Loyalist logic, anyway.

  2. TheHist March 27, 2016 at 11:04 am #

    Not to forget, Jude: “Sinn Fein Rebellion” – that derogatory term used by the Irish Times in 1916 that as History has it, was conveniently dropped from the headline of the centenary edition, yesterday.

    • Ryan March 27, 2016 at 1:54 pm #

      Yeah I saw that too Hist, that was pure media manipulation right there. Whats actually disturbing is they added Sinn Fein to the article in 1916 (when SF had absolutely no involvement) but then they took it away in 2016 (I’m assuming they did it because they didn’t want SF to get support from more voters). This is just pure naked media bias in action and its so obvious to everyone.

      As I’ve said many times on this blog about the media: They don’t tell people the news, they tell people what and how to think. Unfortunately 90% of all people are too busy, lazy or simply don’t care about what is true or untrue when it comes to what the media writes.

  3. giordanobruno March 27, 2016 at 12:37 pm #

    “Typical loyalist, anything for a moan.”….moaned Sherdy!

    • Sherdy March 27, 2016 at 6:20 pm #

      Gio, – If you think facts are moaning, yes, I’m guilty!

      • giordanobruno March 27, 2016 at 9:44 pm #

        Sherdy
        All I saw in your comment were opinions and speculation.
        Which bits are undisputed fact?
        Loyalists disagree with the republican interpretation of history, Republicans disagree with the loyalist version.
        Moan moan moan.

        • jessica March 28, 2016 at 9:22 am #

          “All I saw in your comment were opinions and speculation.
          Which bits are undisputed fact?
          Loyalists disagree with the republican interpretation of history, Republicans disagree with the loyalist version.
          Moan moan moan.”

          You are one to be talking about moaning gio.
          Facts are facts regardless of interpretation.

          • giordanobruno March 28, 2016 at 5:35 pm #

            jessica
            But Sherdy did not present any facts.
            He simply moaned about the expressed opinion of someone else.
            But you are probably right about the moaning. We all like a good moan,including you and I.

  4. Ryan March 27, 2016 at 1:42 pm #

    The past month really has been full to the brim with revisionism. Only once (literally 5 minutes ago on RTE. I’m watching the Dublin parade live) did anyone mention the obvious and what really forced Irish people to pick up the gun. There’s one woman, I didn’t catch her name but I think shes a Historian, just spoke about how Edward Carson and the UVF were ultimately to blame for what was a dreadful decade of death. She says the Easter Rising would never have occurred if it were not for Unionism forming the UVF and threatening mass violence in 1912 if Home Rule was passed for Ireland. This was bluntly undemocratic, immoral and Unionism trying to maintain a form of Protestant Ascendancy in Ireland at the expense of the vast majority. It was a year later that the Irish volunteers was formed.

    The woman historian said that British General Maxwell wrote to his wife and said that he had no doubt that if the British Government had dealt with the Ulster Volunteers in 1912 then what happened in Dublin in 1916 would never have occurred.

    Indeed, I’d argue that Edward Carson and Unionism are ultimately to blame for everything that has happened in Ireland over the past 104 years, including the Troubles in the North.

    There’s some UUP councillors who have went out of their way to travel to Dublin from Antrim today to post pictures of the graves of the British soldiers who died during the 1916 Easter Rising. (They can be viewed on Chris Donnelly’s twitter). Indeed many Loyalists over the past week have been trying to stoke up tensions by stealing flags and even attacking a taxi driver just off the Falls Road (this wasn’t reported in the media). I saw the front page of the Sunday World today where there is “fears of retaliation from Republicans against Loyalists” due to these attacks. One Loyalist today claimed to have intermingled with crowds on the Falls Road while the parade was making its way to Miltown graveyard. We already heard many times of Arlene Foster refusing to be a First Minister for everyone and choosing to disrespect 1916. And, of course, MikeTV from the UUP is planning on going to lay a wreath in Dublin to the fallen British soldiers of 1916 and maybe even the Tan War.

    Why is Unionism/Loyalism, of all shades, deliberately going out of their way to be offended and to stoke up tensions? I mean imagine if Republicans had have protested against commemorations of the UVF in 2012? Imagine if Martin McGuinness refused to attend Remembrance Day events and called all British soldiers terrorists or criminals?

    These people simply cannot handle anyone else having an opinion or expressing their narrative. They aren’t democrats. Of course they would SAY they are but really the only opinions that matter is theirs.

    Indeed if the DUP/UUP could get away with it I wouldn’t be surprised if they made Stormont into a theocracy…..(based only on “Traditional Biblical Protestantism”, of course….)

  5. billy March 27, 2016 at 1:43 pm #

    sounds like the traitors to the island of ireland speech wonder will it be quoted in a hundred yrs time.

  6. michael c March 27, 2016 at 4:33 pm #

    Aye right enough Billy ,those Dublin associates of Alan Ryan really compare to Pearse and Connolly.

    • Argenta March 27, 2016 at 10:04 pm #

      Michael C
      How would you rate Pearse Mc Auley in the pantheon of Republican heroes?