Mattew Hogan sees parallels between the ignition of violent nationalism, and the current Iraq crisis. He recalls the personal journey of rebel leader Tom Barry who was in Mesopotamia as an NCO in the British Army when he heard of the Easter Rising in Dublin. He later became a crucial element in the War of Independence that led in 1921 to the establishment of the Free State and the partitition of Ireland.
Thanks to Chris Bertram at Junius.
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