Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week April 3, 2016Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.
Public enemy number 1 this week is Michael D. Higgins, for the content of his speeches on the 1916 centenary.
He couldn’t let this opportunity pass, however, without seeking to put his own stamp on the event. Not speaking for the nation, as a President should do, but speaking for Michael D, specifically for Michael D’s analysis of the nation’s ills. It all began with a call for Britain to reassess its “supremacist and militarist imperialism”, which was curious enough in itself.
Maybe Britain should, but it was akin to using a golden wedding anniversary love letter to your wife to have a go at your ex.
She attacks him for not being as proud of the state as a French president on Bastille Day or an American one on 4th July. But goes on to complain about him not confronting the Rising’s endorsement of bloodshed. Perhaps someone should have a quiet word with her about the nature of the French and American revolutions. And wasn’t 1916 about a divorce from a forced marriage and not a golden anniversary?
Eoghan Harris is also outraged at Michael D.’s call to look more closely at the nature of British imperialism.
The President’s sniping at “imperialism” was clearly an attempt to balance criticism of Pearse by a handful of revisionists.
But it actually only forces the following conclusion: if Redmond can be charged with supporting British imperialism, then Pearse is equally guilty of supporting German imperialism.
And if we’re going down that road, Redmond picked a better imperialism, as witness the Royal Navy’s struggle against slavery.
In contrast, the Kaiser’s empire butchered 6,000 Belgian civilians, was the first to bomb cities, and the first to use gas in battle.
Apparently there are no examples of brutality and massacres by the British empire, just the campaign against slavery, nearly 100 years before 1916.