- From: "Yolanda de Jong"
Date: Sat May 26, 2001 9:16 am
Subject: Re: [hdg] Irish Brigade - Patriots or hypocrits?
Just read your message and I will try and give you an answer in the Irish
question. I am from the Netherlands but for a couple of years I
corresponded with a young man from Belfast who claimed to have connections
with the IRA. The liberty-discussion came up a couple of times and he
explained it as follows: When Ireland was invaded the English used brutal
force, Sherman's march through Georgia was a picknick compared to that, and
they continued to use such force over the centuries. The Irish have been
made to feel inferior in ways I cannot imagine. For example, in the English
countryside you'll sometimes see signs on the door of pubs saying: no
blacks, dogs or Irishmen allowed..... the signs have dissapeared but the
attitude has not. Well, in some parts of England anyway. This young man
also told me that the love for Ireland and the need of their own government
is imbedded in the mind same as the hate for the English. I find it hard to
understand and even harder to explain because I haven't been through this
but he told me that he was raised with the idea that all English are scum
and he could see the proof every day. Does this make sense in any way? As
for the alliance with Germany, it's easy now to say they were despicable
because we know what Hitler and his cronies were up to but you have to
remember also that quite a few countries in Europe praised Germany and
their strong leader to the heavens. And a people who want their freedom
might sometimes stop caring what means they use to get there. Hope this has
helped a little bit.
Unfortunately the whole world knew something bad was happening to the Jews
in Germany. But they ignored it.
I think it was more a case of "The enemy of my enemy is my friend" than any
desire to help Hitler.