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‘Oh that my head were waters, and my eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people!’  ~ Jeremiah 9:1   

As a military historian (I went pro back in ’01) I have long been intrigued by wars of resistance in which small, disorganised bands take a stand against the monolithic forces of a foreign nation occupying their soil.  (Disclaimer: This is NOT a commentary on the current Iraq war!)  One of the most fascinating to me is the history of the 700-year Irish struggle to throw the English off their island.  The discovery a few years ago that my maternal great-grandfather was from Ulster only served to fan the flames of that interest. 

I love reading about the Easter Uprising and the longed for independence finally gained on the Emerald Isle—not to mention the cultural resistance waged against the English, who attempted to purge the Irish of their Celtic heritage by prohibiting the speaking of Gaelic, the display of Ireland’s symbols,  and the outlawing public gatherings.  And I thoroughly enjoy reading the works of and about Michael Collins—although I would not necessarily call him one of my heroes due to his many personal shortcomings and socialist leanings. 

In that vein, I recently rented ‘The Wind That Shakes the Barley,’ a film of historical fiction set in Ireland in 1920 wich follows a small band of irregulars in the Irish Republican Army as they wage guerrilla warfare against the English occupiers.  It’s a fine film, though, as is the case most of the time these days, the language can be quite bad at times.  It was not rated, so I didn’t really know what to expect when I ordered it from Netflix.  (As an aside, it was also somewhat silly that we had to turn on the English subtitles!)  The scenery, acting, and cinematography were superlative but it was the subject matter itself which had the greatest impact.   

Interestingly, it was Ashlee who was moved the most—literally to tears at a few scenes.  The film had quite an impact on her, largely because she was truly ignorant of the Irish struggle and really had no idea how oppressive life was for them under English rule.  During one especially troubling scene she mentioned how thankful we was to God that we have it ‘so easy’ and don’t have to deal with such heavy-handedness.  I couldn’t agree with her more and I wonder whether we have the mettle and courage it would take to sacrifice and take a stand as my Irish ancestors did. 

Erin go bragh!

Twas hard the woeful words to frame to break the ties that bound us

But harder still to bear the shame of foreign chains around us

And so I said, “The mountain glen I’ll seek at morning early

And join the bold united men,” while soft winds shake the barly.


Ron Paul ‘crushed his opposition in the poll taken during a meeting Thursday of the Springfield [Missouri] Metropolitan Republican Club at the Springfield Library Center.  Paul earned 85 votes, more than all of the other six candidates combined.’ 


We could change the world in a few weeks!


Let me get this straight: THESE are the troops who are going to stabilise Iraq?!


Well, the good news is that we can expect to be out of Iraq in FIFTY YEARS–give or take a decade.



Written by ninepoundhammer

November 2, 2007 at 12:46 pm

Posted in History

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