Re: Northern Ireland (was Re: Nanotech Restrictions)

From: Michael S. Lorrey (
Date: Wed Apr 26 2000 - 12:25:02 MDT

Jonathan Reeves wrote:

> Mike Lorrey Writes:
> > Unfortunately, we have a tradition of booting the British out here, so our
> > sympathies tend to go to the 'underdogs'. After the rev war here, many
> tories
> > stayed. Some got picked on, sure, while others hightailed it for Canada and
> then
> > sicced their lawyers to try to regain the property they had abandoned (and
> when
> > that didn't work, they instigated the War of 1812 (the 'British' troops were
> > mostly Canadians)). You might call Canada the North American equivalent of
> > Northern Ireland, and you've also got a put upon Catholic minority up there
> too.
> > I'm sure Canadians just love the Ulster Unionists...
> > As for myself, a Catholic Scottish American whose family got relocated to
> Nova
> > Scotia from the Gordon's Highlands, I've got little or no sympathies for the
> > headaches the Protestant British have brought on themselves, while at the
> same
> > time I have no sympathies for the marxist ideology of most IRA members.
> Frankly
> > you deserve each other.
> Thanks a lot. It's good to know that you think I should be bombed by a bunch
> of madmen because of something my countrymen did several hundred years ago.

Well, you're still benefitting from their crimes, right? That makes you an
accessory after the fact. I'm sure if you went back to wherever you came from
they'd sure stop bombing you, wouldn't they?

> A lot of people seem to be under the misapprehension that the IRA are freedom
> fighters struggling against the evil oppression of the British (English)
> Empire. They are not. They (and the UVF) are just drug runners and pimps
> with an extremely brutal streak that use the politics/religion as an excuse to
> play gangsters.

My my my. What blinders we wear. I suppose you didn't read what I said (that you
quoted) right above here, about my own disapproval of the IRA's ideology. Drug
running is a typical fund raising schema for marxists (see the marxist guerrilla
movements in Columbia, Burma, the Phillipines, and several other latin american
locations, including Cuba).

> The British soldiers are there to keep the peace, thankless task though that
> is.

I'm sure the Palestinians feel the same way about the Isreali Army. The problem
the British have is they can't decide how to finish the job. Either kick every
Catholic out of NI and build a wall (or do another partition), or remove the
Army and let them fight it out.

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