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  1. Comment on Was Ireland fatally wounded in 1916?
    on 18 April 2014 at 11:31 pm

    Ruarai

    Excellent. I agree with your conclusion: “Ireland’s best days should lay ahead but they will not be carved from the ashes of a failed and divisive rebellion that was smothered almost a century ago.”

    There is so much in Irish history and culture to build on – the preservation of and spread of classical wisdom and knowledge, the outsized contribution to Christian religion and culture, important figures to Western thought and art, immense contributions to countries worldwide. There is ample evidence of the intelligence and creativity of the Irish. Yet when it comes to politics in Ireland none of what the Irish are capable of both in other fields of human achievement and what they have contributed to politics in other countries is reflected in the contemporary politics of Ireland north or south. I have no idea as to why that is, but it is a tragedy.

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  2. Comment on Why Irish America needs to get on board with modern Ireland, or get out of the way.
    on 18 March 2014 at 4:26 am

    It is estimated that there are about 40 million Americans of Irish ancestry. Some of you seem to have “my uncle in the Bronx” syndrome, ie, making sweeping generalizations based on a tiny segment of the whole and who may be first generation immigrants. Thoughtful Americans of Irish descent who follow current events in Ireland, and frankly there are not many who care about the place, know very well about policing and the non-issue of unity. They also know government in the Republic is often corrupt and government in NI is a joke.

    There are many young Irish immigrants who are professionals in NY and other cities. They seem off your radar as well as the millions of non-immigrant Irish Americans. Next time have a conversation with members of both those groups as well as “your uncle in the Bronx”.

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  3. Comment on Ukraine: impotent activism and the limits of US power
    on 17 March 2014 at 9:29 pm

    Kosovo and Crimea are in no way comparable. Kosovo was a humanitarian operation in an area where mass graves were found. Crimea is the invasion of a sovereign country. The first saved lives, the other is a military take-over.

    If there are people in Crimea who do not want to be part of Ukraine, they should move to Russia and lives of despotism and poverty. It is time the crud Russian navy was removed from Sevastopol and the city restored fully to Ukraine.

    The new government in Kiev is provisional until soon-to-be elections and fully democratic. Hopefully it will soon be a member of the EU.

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  4. Comment on In losing touch with Ireland’s struggles is Irish America losing its social conscience?
    on 17 March 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Granni Trixie

    SF/IRA vastly overstated their ‘donations’ from America to cover the large amounts generated by their Irish criminal operations.

    Irish Americans with serious money are usually non-immigrants, ie, born in the US, many here for several generations. Do you think they would support a terrorist operation? That is why I said above that immigrants in the few remaining immigrant areas, where the Irish Echo is sold, are where SF/IRA got their money. And, generally those people would not have large amounts of money.

    It is an urban myth that wealthy Irish Americans supported SF/IRA. Not only would they think it the wrong thing to do, they would be unlikely to come across them.

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  5. Comment on In losing touch with Ireland’s struggles is Irish America losing its social conscience?
    on 17 March 2014 at 2:19 am

    “Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he will march [in New York] because the parade conditions are beyond his control.” What a doublespeak statement! The conditions might be beyond his control, but his attendance, one would assume, is under his control.

    By making such a stupid and insulting statement it is clear he should have stayed at home.

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  6. Comment on Ukraine: impotent activism and the limits of US power
    on 16 March 2014 at 2:56 am

    One country invaded another sovereign country in 21st century Europe and that makes this a very serious matter. Military options are not discussed because economic measures are considered sufficient to resolve the matter. As Chancellor Merkel said Putin is in “another world” and out of touch with reality. There were large anti-war demonstrations in Moscow today. When the economic screws are tightened more and more, Putin will find reality knocking on his door.

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  7. Comment on In losing touch with Ireland’s struggles is Irish America losing its social conscience?
    on 16 March 2014 at 2:40 am

    I know of Andrew O’Hehir as a movie critic. This Salon piece is as misleading and inaccurate as a breezy movie review. People of social conscience who happen to have Irish names mostly have their social consciences because of their Catholicism. I don’t think it has much to do with Irish ancestry or recent Irish history; I think it is due to a belief that all humans were created in the image of God and therefore should have a full range of human rights.

    O’Hehir has a cartoonish view of Irish Americans and their history. I know of very few Irish Americans who have a knee-jerk hate of the British, in fact they admire many of their accomplishments. I know of very few Irish Americans who supported the last forty years of IRA violence, but many who welcome the end of it. I don’t believe there was massive Irish America financial support for IRA violence; there were probably some recent immigrants who put a few bucks in buckets along with one or two construction company owners who contributed a few thousand.

    There are a few right-wingers with Irish names on TV but they are mostly entertainers, in my view howling comics, but there are more that do not have Irish names.

    Overall I would dismiss this article as a poorly written review of an O’Hehir movie called “The Irish Americans I Don’t Know”.

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  8. Comment on More than ever, the “crisis” shows the need to face up honestly to the end of Troubles prosecutions
    on 28 February 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Banjaxed

    I spend a few months of the year in NI on a family property but I am American born and bred. My neighbors sometimes refer to me as the “New Yorker”. I know NI fairly well and have an interest that there is improvement and that is why I am concerned about the attitude to lawless violence that David mentioned.

    The tendency to whataboutery is counterproductive and deflects from the issue under consideration.

    BTW, do you approve or disapprove of lawless violence?

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  9. Comment on More than ever, the “crisis” shows the need to face up honestly to the end of Troubles prosecutions
    on 28 February 2014 at 5:02 am

    Banjaxed

    By name and nature, I take it. What has Iraq got to do with a discussion on NI? Whataboutery is the highest level of little minds.

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  10. Comment on More than ever, the “crisis” shows the need to face up honestly to the end of Troubles prosecutions
    on 27 February 2014 at 11:26 pm

    David, I think you put your finger on it regarding the equivocal attitude to lawless violence. I have come across it in my time in NI. As long as that attitude exists, some of the society is not really civilized. Perhaps that is also the reason there has been a less than rigorous pursuit of justice. All in all it does not portend well for the future unless the attitude of those who equivocate on lawless violence change for the better or die out.

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