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13 July 2005

And now, bombs are back in Belfast ...

Is there no limit to some people's stupidity? Is there still no cure in sight for the ever spreading cancers of ignorance, intolerance and bigotry which blight our precious planet?

Made all the more unbelievable in view of the recent result of radicalism in London, yesterday's bloody mayhem in Belfast almost leaves one lost for words.

Simply because a bunch of bowler hatted, bigoted old 'Orange' buffoons [and a band] 'paraded' them-silly-selves in the street -- another lot of loonies, reveling in their warped view of Republicanism, resorted to rioting.

The riots began with the throwing of bricks, then soon escalated into the insanity of hurling Molotov cocktails and, quickly culminated in a blitz of blast-bombing.

As only a second generation English, grandson of a pair of Irish immigrants, I feel more than qualified, entitled and indeed compelled, to comment on this stupefying shambles - a continuation of the serial-shambles which were supposedly sorted out, several years ago.

Perhaps at this point it would also be pertinent to point out that even now, I live just about a half hour's flight from Belfast. From here in North Western England, I can be in Northern Ireland in a lot less time than it takes me to travel via road or rail, to my own capital city.

Well, with hand on heart, This Old Brit can tell you here and now, that the so called 'solution' to 'the troubles,' so widely reported by the self serving media - was always a living lie. The wanton murders, coldly calculated assassinations, shootings, beatings, verbal and physical assaults, arson, intimidation, racketeering and true 'terror' of the shameful Ulster shenanigans never realy ended. Admittedly, the incidence and attending publicity may have lessened during the past few years - but 'the troubles' have continued regardless.

Around 100 policemen - Irish policemen - were injured while attempting to restore some semblance of sanity to yesterday's sickening spectacle. What a price to pay for their attempts to save both branches of these barmy bigots from each other's idiocy. Eh? In fact, so serious became the situation that for the first time in years, rubber bullets were brought back into play.

One of the most awful things that struck me while watching Tuesday's display of a downright daft but nonetheless dangerous, nightmare revisited, was the tender age of so many of the rampaging rioters. Teenagers and children for the most part, it appeared. Supported, encouraged and egged on of course, by the usual suspects belonging to the god-father brigade.

Are we really all set to suffer again, at the hands of yet another deluded generation of the gormless and the gullible? Such a thought is almost too awful to contemplate. Someone - anyone - please tell me it isn't so.

To say that I have nothing but contempt for such low life - belong they to either barbaric bunch - is an understatement. I despise and detest them. For over thirty years I've witnessed what such blatant and organized criminality masquerading as freedom fighting has inflicted on many thousands of innocents. And make no mistake, for years and years the troubles have been engineered by an Irish equivalent of the Mafia. Organized crime long ago replaced extremist politician-ring-leaders and cleric-enforcers, with their own 'made- men'.

Mayhem -- manufactured by madmen using mythology as a modus operandi.

King bloody Billy? Saint sodding Patrick? Ask yourself the question. When all is said and done - who the hell were they. What in [any] God's name have either of them got to do with anything? Surely, this is supposed to be the 21st century.

Jesus H. Christ. Give me strength.

The badly done by? The bad, doers to? The Struggle?

The down-trodden?

Dressed for the most part in expensive designer sportswear rather than rags, or even coarse uncomfortable uniforms? They didn't look nor sound downtrodden, yesterday. Nor did they act it. They deliberately provoked the police and literally 'demanded' a strong physical response. Why? Because they felt fully strong enough to prevail. Down-trodden? Huh!

The freedom fighters?

Phonies, I'd sooner say. They're as free as you and I. Blair & Bush rule their lives, exactly as they do yours and mine. In no worse nor better way than they do anyone else's -- believe me.

The bullied and brow beaten?

Bollocks! They are the bullies, themselves. The Continuity IRA and the other fantasy-republican crap hats, along with a plethora of para military pricks calling themselves loyalists - they are the bullying brow beaters, themselves. They're condemned by both the governments they respectively purport to support. The British and Irish premiers stand shoulder to shoulder against all these extremist factions, and their terrible tactics of terror.

The deprived?

Don't dare try to 'do my head in' with those same old lies. They've been mega-endowed with millions over the last several years. All manner of grants, investments, tax breaks, and many more monetary perks have made their way to Ireland during the last decade or so. From as far afield as Westminster, America, Japan, the European Union and other foreign parts

The persecuted?

Purleeeeze ...... pull the other one, it's got bells on. They've got exactly the same rights and representation as have any of the rest of us around these British Isles.

In the past, some of the above claims may have once held water - but certainly not now; nor have they for a considerably long time.

It's easy to forget, due to so many years of historical revisionist style reporting, that it is Irishmen themselves - NOT Englishmen cum Brits - who have mercilessly murdered so many Irish men, women and children; just as they did English men, women and children. Such are the undeniable and well documented facts and records which can be checked out for oneself.

My maternal grandparents would turn in their graves if they'd somehow been able to witness the awful antics of their fellow countrymen, yesterday. Whilst being as dirt poor, lacking in formal education, ill fed & ill clothed and as genuinely deprived as any working class people could possibly have been - be they Irish, English, Scottish or Welsh - they were NOT of the bigot-breed.

I remain to this very day, immensely proud to carry their blood and their genes. I feel honoured and privileged to have been born into such a decent, honest, respectable, tolerant, and plain hardworking family. For just as my grandparents rose [nay, dragged themselves] above the senselessness of self harming sectarianism - so did their daughter, my late wonderful mother. And so did her five children - of whom, of course, I am one.

So, This Old Brit hereby states very publicly, that he could not possibly be more positively proud of his Irish roots. Also, that he could not in any way, shape or form ever be construed as being remotely, anti-Irish.

At the same time though, he could not feel more shamed than he just has been, by the so-called Irish patriots he watched yesterday, as they performed their wicked worst.

But enough of This Old Brit, for today. Now, see what the BBC had to say.


Blogger Unknown said...

Bravo, bravo, bravo, Richard!!

12:18 am  
Blogger Elaine Supkis said...

Made zero news here in the captial of the British empire.

Ie, NYC.

As for Ireland: Clinton fixed that by getting the Protestants to begin dismantling the unfair system whereby all government jobs were really welfare for the offspring of only Protestants. Once the walls began to fall, Clinton hoped for peace BUT THIS WAS DROPPED BY BLAIR AND BUSH who haven't pressed for more changes and integration but have sat idle and let things frester because they wanted to attack Muslims.

This is all part of the seething religious/ethnic wars we will be seeing a great deal of in the future.

1:27 am  
Blogger Richard said...

Thank you, Phyl. I'm glad you appreciated it. That one came from the heart.

1:27 am  
Blogger Richard said...

I can't agree that what's happening in Irelan now being anything to do with anything religious or ethnic, Elaine.

The whole point I was trying to get across, was that although that's the way things once were, it's no longer the case.

The 'cause' as it was [justifiably] once called, was hijacked by the organise criminal elements, some considerable time ago.

Just as democracy in the UK & US was. And, just as [much, much earlier] were the teachings and of a very wise Nazarine, philosopher, some two thousand years ago.

Heh. And before you get the chance say it - NO - I have NOT suddenly 'got religion'. (G)

1:39 am  
Blogger Administrator said...

I know this sounds corny - well, it's July in the Midwest, after all - but I believe that there is a strong undercurrent of echo violence unleashed by BushBoy and his MiniMe, BLiar. (Yes, and OBL/al Qaeda, as well.) You certainly are closer to the particulars, and, no, there wasn't a word in the MSM stateside. Very disturbing that it's young folk in the thick of it.

3:30 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It got on the box downunder - I don't know why tho - looked like a highly ritualised pillow fight - fair enough if that's what they need to do once a year - but a bit sad and pathetic really. I'd be giving them heavy fines for disturbing the peace and wasting police time and then see how many are interested coming back in the next year

5:17 am  
Blogger Richard said...


It was much more than a pillow fight. Didn't OZ TV show all the real violence? The petrol & blast bombs? The blazing policemen? Or all those cars being comandeered, smashed and set alight. The stoning & hosing?

As for fining them, well, I'd do far more than it;far, far, more.

10:56 am  
Blogger Elaine Supkis said...

The roots of the fight in Ireland run almost as deep as the ones between Jews and Christians and Muslims.

The "Marching season" in Northern Ireland should be CANNED. Utterly. Finished. Gads. Talk about insanity.

Like the KKK marching in Harlem each year!

Shudder. Want to see cities burn? Anyway, Ireland should be whole. One state. Dividing it was wrong. Invading was wrong. Allowing millions of Irish to starve to death was wrong. These things can't be undone but the celebrations of the invasions should be stopped. It is a sore wound. And if British rulers want to see the bleeding wound heal, stopping the stupid marches celebrating this is a good first step.

Alas, it won't happen.

By the way, may ancestors not only fought at Hastings, on the invader's side, we invaded Ireland, too. We were nasty creeps all around. We ended up in America because we fought too much. Had fun fighting here.

Heh. (just so you know, I am not on a high horse here...just figured out how much a mess we made of things!)

1:06 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

* The "Marching season" in Northern Ireland should be CANNED. *

I won't argue with that, Elaine.

Nor about the roots and reasons for troubles in the past. But today it's just blatant bigotry.

The majority of Norther Irish people realise there's nothing to be gained by 'joining' Eire. Their lives wouldn't change one iota, even if the woke up tomorow morning to find the borders and name of the part of the country they live in, had been altered on all the maps. I say again, they would benefit in absolutely no way.

It's sheer bloody mindedness by a minority of Norther Irish people, of both camps. The 'tough guys' simply want to prove a point.

There's also one very important point that's always forgotten - or at leas never mentioned by ANYONE.

Eire it'self and it's government and most of it's people, have absolutely NO DESIRE for any change.

The extremist are forever demanding they be 'freed' to return to their 'homeland' - but their imagined utopian homeland - couldn't give a flying one.

So what's the point of it all? Still fighting the Battle of the Boyne hundreds of years down the line?

And btw, I know you're not on any high horse - nor me.

It's typical of the whole sorry mess that even ourselves find difficulty agreeing on all the possible 'correct' answers/actions. D'ya think?

2:21 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

Cosmic, I don't think it's corny at all. You're right. What a fine example the twon Big-Blood-Brothers have set for the rest of the world.

It's not surprising so many others now think, what's good for the goose is good for the gander.

2:24 pm  
Blogger Elaine Supkis said...

Um, Richard, if there were a vote about reunification, and 100% of the Catholics vote for it, would you admit they are not happy with British rule?

1:20 am  
Blogger Elaine Supkis said...

And what are those Protestants worried about? Are they scared they won't be allowed to bully anyone anymore?

Seriously. This country was cruelly cut in two by invaders who told the local populace to eat dirt. Far from being over, the Catholics hope to swamp the Protestants via having kids, and then vote for the obvious thing: reunification.

I know no Irish Catholic who doesn't dream of reunification. Not one. They all want it...very very very much. I can't stress how much. Even after living in America for 150 years, they dream of reunification and frankly, it makes sense.

1:22 am  
Blogger Elaine Supkis said...

Just like Germany.

Reunifying Germany was a long dream that came true faster than anyone expected. Then there is Spain. You know, the Basque rebellion goes way back, too. To Roman rule, in fact. According to genetic studies, the Basque are genetically distinct from the rest of Spain and probably have lived there since the last Ice Age, when Ireland was under a glacier and so was 2/3 of England.

And they are still fighting....lots of "terrorism" of course. Fixing these things is tricky, like fixing a broken watch while blindfolded. First step is to not insult them in their faces. The second is to embrace and merge with them, in the end. Two become one. They fear this, too, but this is the way out, in the long run.

1:26 am  
Blogger Richard said...

Elaine, surely you read that my grandparents WERE Irish catholics. My mother was a catholic too.

I've already said, I KNOW things WERE unfair at one time - and for a long time tooo - but it's different now. Has been for quite while too.

And remember, because I write about "how I see it" doesn't mean I claim I can "fix" it.

No more than anyone else has been able to - be they catholic, protestant or whatever.

2:16 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've got a (single) complaint ..... there was no need for the uncalled for sarcastic insertion in the name of St Patrick.


5:38 pm  
Blogger Richard said...


Complaint noted.

7:45 pm  

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