I’ve read and enjoyed Tim Pat Coogan’s writings for at least sixty years.
I got to reading his book on de Valera long after it was written. And, by coincidence, read the chapter – THE WAR FROM THE WALDORF – just as the British Government, its agencies and dutiful servants in the media were tearing their hair out to prevent Gerry Adams, holder of an Irish Passport, from getting an American Visa.
The War from the Waldorf is a snide suggestion that Eamon De Valera was a coward and a sybarite, and instead of being presented with a Native American headdress he deserved awhite feather. It is a contemptible suggestion.
De Valera, Archbishop Mannix, and Terence MacSwiney publicised the Irish cause internationally more than did any armed action from Soloheadbeg, to Kilmichael to Crossbarry, necessary as they were for the defence of the Republic and its institutions. The British sent their own stooges to America, sent a destroyer to Holyhead to prevent MacSwiney’s body being received in Dublin and ensured that its burial in Cork was attended by many newsreel cameramen, as you can see on YOUTUBE. Another destroyer was deployed to prevent the Archbishop of Melbourne from visiting his sick mother in Ireland, an act of stupidity recognised as such even by the British newspapers with the exception of THE MORNING POST. Any one Destroyer had infinitely more firepower than the IRA at its strongest. The years 1919-1922 were very violent globally, the result of British aggression in 1914, violence which has not since abated. I don’t think Crosbarry, the largest engagement of the War of Independence, got a front-page lead in any newspaper, even in Britain.
.Albert Reynolds, in pursuit of peace, requested a US Visa for Gerry Adams. It was a political crisis for Britain comparable to the election of Bobby Sands as an MP. THE TIMES was in such a panic that its coverage of the MP’s funeral lied about the responsibility for casualties in the war since 1960, winning for itself the censure of the Press Council, and, simultaneously for its editor, Harold Evans, the accolade of Editor of The Year (1981) from his fellow-editors.
A former editor of THE TIMES, Simon Jenkins, was roped in to dissuade the Americans from giving Adams a visa. He advised White House Staff that Irish republicans had killed 3,000 BRITONS since1969. A big fat PORKY if ever there was one. The latest estimate from THE TIMES (from one Dominic Kennedy – no relation, I pray GOD) is that republicans killed 1,800 of the 3,000 plus killed in the near THIRTY YEARS WAR from 1969. In 1981 THE TIMES had accused republicans with killing about 2,200 PROTESTANTS. And Jenkins, the fool, had to boast about his failed foray into diplomacy in a later piece in THE TIMES. Both Evans and Jenkins have since been knighted.
Republicans and Democrats in the White House have routinely killed well more than 3,000 people in countries where they are not formally at war. From aircraft, battleships, and drones. So have the British, in less time than it takes to say ” Zapp’em” and there’s no sign that they’ll stop.
You’ll forgive the short digression. But I think I’ve made my point about Dev’s American mission.
… Another Digression:-
As age has crept up on me I have become a bit hard of hearing. And, reading Father Sean MacManus regarding a Petition, it occurred to me that the Deity has a similarproblem, particularly in understanding Irish petitions.
How else can one explain the British Army being sent to Helmand?