Rhett Butler: With enough courage, you can do without a reputation.

Gone with the Wind 1939

In November this blog will celebrate it’s 10th anniversary but two years before that on this day in 2006 I sent Glenn Reynolds the following email concerning a post he did on Hadita. He included it in an update

There is one aspect about Haditha that seems to be ignored by everybody.

Our press and the anti-American left both in this country and outside of it has been reporting “Hadithas” over and over again over the last three years.

Time and time again our friends have accused us of every possible atrocity that there is to the point that internationally people are already able to believe this or the 9/11 stuff or all the rest.

Because of this, internationally it is totally irrelevant if the Marines actually violated the rules of war. Our foes are going to say that we’ve done things if we do them or not, so the only people that it really matters to will be; the people killed (and family) and the people in our own country who support the military.

The real danger is that we who support the war will reach the point that we say “we might as well be taken as wolves then as sheep”. At that point the left can celebrate that they have made our military and those who support it the people they claim we are. Once that happens however any compunction about respecting them will be gone, and remember one side is armed and one is not.

That is a fate that I don’t wish on any of us.

Our friends on the left then bombarded Glenn with emails saying that I was calling for violence and as this was back in the days when GWB was in office and I had a high paying job and money in retirement place before the Obama years put an end to both my follow up had to wait for my day off.

You know I’ve been re-reading the responses to that letter and thought about it overnight. It really bothers me.

When you look at military dictatorships and military oppression that has taken place in history there is one common thread, (something that you have written on over and over) one side is armed and one is not. Usually you have a homogeneous military consisting of a single group/race etc.

One of the great genius’ of the American system was the subordination of the military to civilian rule, and the concept of militia consisting of all able bodied men. Our military came from all over the country and from all walks of life mixing and getting together. It’s a lot like going to church, people of all walks and trades and classes together in one spot. My pastor politically is as left as they come, that doesn’t stop him from being of the finest priests I’ve ever seen. I very much wish the church had more like him. (but I digress)

As political fever drives both sides farther apart over time we are in great danger of having a military that represents only a single party and class of people. We got a tiny glimpse of this during the Clinton years as the troops did their best to separate the office from the man. What will happen in 20 or 30 years?

Since the 60’s two unifying forces, for good or ill, were removed from the country: the removal of Judeo/Christian values as the semi-official moral code of the public schools) and the death of the draft/aka Vietnam. (actually ending in the 70’s). These two changes had one thing in common, it took two generations for them to have the following effect:

It is now unlikely that a student going to school today, had a teacher or parent who 1. Served in the military or 2. Was taught that moral code in school. To a whole generation now being born these are things that belong to outsiders. This makes the military and religious people outsiders and strange to one group and vice versa. Since the military draws predominantly from those two groups it will become more isolated from the rest of the public as time goes by.

This is not healthy for our country. What is worse is that one group has slowly vilified the military assuming them to be all dupes or thugs. A lot of this was political rhetoric but it has grown as a matter of faith.

There is NOTHING more dangerous in a republic than this. In the old south you had a police force that was of a single race, how many people of color felt comfortable calling the police? Right now we are in a war with a group that ironically hates most of what the left loves. The people who are predominantly fighting that war are on the right, the primary targets of our foes are frankly those on the left.

Some guys like Andrew Sullivan understand that I might disagree with him on Gay Marriage but these barbarians would cut his head off and brag about it. A person like me might suffer 2nd class citizenship in an islamist state. Our friends on the left would be dead.

I am an anomaly. I was born in 1963 but my parents were in their 40’s at the time. That means my father served in the pacific and my mother said the Lord’s prayer in the public school that she went to. My father is long dead but my own sons are babysat by my 81 year old mother quite a bit, (active is too slow a word for her). The values I’ve grown up with were the values that were the mainstream of the greatest generation, however I grew up around people a generation ahead of me so perhaps I can see it a bit brighter than most. This has to be nipped in the bud before somebody in the future with power means what our left leaning friends think I did.

I see two simple solutions: The primary one is history. Let our friends in the left study the history of their grandparents and great grandparents. It is almost a certainly that they had family members in the military, belonged to a church and had the worldview that the right hold now. Look into this and see when you study their lives, how they lived without the wonders we take for granted, how they got by without TV or air conditioning or that 2nd car and see if you see what kind of people they were.

Second take a lesson from today. I would recommend to our liberal friends the book KEEPING FAITH A FATHER-SON STORY ABOUT LOVE AND THE USMC. by Frank Schaeffer (the sequel Faith of our Sons is fine too). It is the story of a man of the left who’s son decides to join the Marine Corps (1998). The reaction of the people in his community and his school are shock and dismay. The reaction of the teachers is where did we go wrong? It is a riveting read.

For our part on the right we need to not make the venom directed against our institutions make us unquestioning supporters of all they do, furthermore have some contacts with people on the left. Socialize, In the group I hang out with. I am the only practicing Roman Catholic, most are not religious, several have marched in favor of gay marriage, several have signed the petition to put it back on the ballot, yet we all are pals, we are all welcome in each others homes and would drop what we are doing in a second to give the other a hand. That doesn’t mean when a subject comes up we don’t argue politics but that doesn’t make us less friends.

Anyway I can’t believe I’ve spent an hour writing this on my day off but it was on my mind and wouldn’t get off of if until it was written and sent.

In the twelve years since my mother died at age 88 and my sons are now in their twenties but the divides I wrote about have only gotten worse and the target of the left ire had migrated from the military to all Trump voters who are tagged as racists simply for their vote

And was it just last year that I observed a “woke” mob go after two men one wearing a Trump banner and one wearing an Israeli flag for daring to think that they had the right to safely walk though the Boston Common?  Back when I wrote those letters I was amazed at the left’s reaction, but having seen them up close, covered them at their worst and been part of groups targeted by them very little that they do surprises me anymore.

I see no sign and very little chance of this situation changing, however it needs to change fast because the longer it goes on the better the chance that this will lead to actual violence which is still a fate I don’t wish on us, but I suspect that there are a fair number of very ignorant leftists whose only experience with the effects of actual violence comes from their gaming console to whom that possibility is a feature rather than a bug.

And if pointing out these facts and other cause our friends on the left to consider me a Villain and cause them to call me a  Nazi, a Racist et/all as a Sicilian American let me say I really don’t give a damn.

Closing thought, take a look at the last entry on that twelve-year-old post and note it ends with a leftist calling GWB a dictator.  Every GOP president or candidate for President is a dictator, or Hitler or an idiot and remain so until they either start attacking republicans in general and or conservatives in particular or die and are no longer a threat to Democrat power.

Update:  There was a follow up post at Instapundit two days letter containing a 3rd letter from me that you might find interesting:

ANOTHER UPDATE: Peter Ingemi sends a followup email:

I’ve been doing a little surfing today and for the fun of it did a Technorati search of me. It is a new experience to be villified all over the internet by a bunch of people who I’ve never met and am unlikely to.

I was about to start answering some of the nonsense when the Sicilian in me kicked in. It is a waste of time effort and pixels and the responses and counter responses would eat up time I would be spending actually having a life and like I’ve said before Sicilians are used to being thought of poorly. It is almost like reading newspapers from the old south pre 1860, there is a mindset so entrenched that nothing is going to change it and what’s worse it gets reinforced over and over again. It’s almost a cult. I’ve only seen this for an hour, you must get it every day by the bagful.

How do you put up with it?

Practice. Plus, like Jeff Goldstein, I crap bigger than them. Much bigger. . . .

It’s still a waste of time to argue with these people, that’s also why I never block them on twitter.  I’ve found the easiest way to discredit the  the left is to allow them to freely express in their own words unfiltered.

then she might have headlined the next White House Correspondent’s dinner instead of watching ABC cancelling their biggest hit

ABC, in a stunning move, has decided to cancel its Roseanne revival following star Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet Tuesday.

“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said Tuesday.
Early Tuesday, star, head writer and exec producer Barr attacked Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to former President Barack Obama, in a since-deleted tweet in which she said “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.” Barr subsequently apologized: “I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans. I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks. I should have known better. Forgive me — my joke was in bad taste.”

In one respect this is all kind of odd in the sense that Valerie Jarrett is not big enough news to be worth the joke and frankly given the Obama administration’s love of the Muslim Brotherhood and Jarrett’s connections to Iran you could have make a good joke without the ape business if you wanted to highlight that but it still seems odd, it would be like making a joke Hamilton Jordan joke, neither is relevant enough to be worth Roseanne’s time and frankly these days making fun of a woman’s appearance is trouble.

Roseanne seemed to figure this out pretty quickly and abjectly apologized and deleted the tweet pretty fast, but as Jarrett is not a conservative in general or a Trump supporter in particular making fun of the appearance of a woman is simply beyond the pale for a comic and ABC knowing the grief that was coming from the left decided it was better to dump their best rated show than risk the wrath of the left.

Five quick thoughts:

1. Note that Roseanne’s apology, while appropriate, didn’t buy her any sympathy. That’s a lesson for the next person who crosses the left, one might do better just telling them: “If you don’t like my joke, **** You. I’m a comic and I’ll joke any damn way I please.”

2. Despite Glenn Reynolds post I think that ABC was protecting their advertisers by this cancellation as it is they along with the network that would have been getting the pressure otherwise. Don’t think for one moment that ABC’s customers (ie their advertisers) didn’t appreciate this.

3. If I was at charge at FOX I would have the show signed before the end of the day. You might think that’s odd given point two but can anyone tell my how the description of Fox by the media/left after adding the Roseanne show to their lineup would be differ from what they call Fox anyways?

4. From a social conservative standpoint this has both long and short term advantages. In the long term it is inevitable that if Roseanne stayed on the air for years they would have sold social liberalism to Trump voters in a way other shows could not. Meanwhile in the short term I think Glenn Reynolds tweet here is on the money:

The biggest danger for the left in election 2018 is energizing of Trump voters. Given the double standards on what is acceptable and what is not I can’t help but this this is going to help the GOP in the midterms.

5. If you are a fan of Last Man Standing remember that the only reason why Fox picked it up was because of Roseanne’s success. So even with Roseanne off the air you are still up a show.

I was never a big fan of the old show and only watched one or two of the new ones. It was OK but not God’s gift to comedy so for myself so other than the political ramifications I don’t really care but watching the end result of all of this is going to be interesting but let me leave you with one more thought.

Never forget that all of the people currently beating their breasts and virtue signaling over a few tweets that were almost instantly apologized for spent the last 20 years enabling Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose et/all because they were valuable to the left.

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by baldilocks

Almost as if it isn’t an accident

I saw this yesterday. Dean Obeidallah is a radio host and CNN contributor.

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For the record. Captain Presson was the recipient of many decorations, including the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, and two Purple Hearts.

I almost feel sorry for Obeidallah. One has to be incredibly stupid to step into that gaping hole.

Obeidallah apologized – with some Trump bashing thrown in for good measure, of course. But we all know that this guy’s ideological forebears would have called the man a NAZI even if they did know that he was wearing the uniform of the US military. That’s what actually happened 48 years ago – and even 13 years ago.

John Kerry’s 1971 testimony before Congress, anyone?

The words of Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) in 2005, anyone?

I don’t even like to think about all the foul words and drawings directed toward GIs during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

It’s just not good publicity to denigrate the memory of a dead GI on Memorial Day weekend. At least not this year.

But I suspect that the tide will turn again and it won’t be long.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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John Fogerty & Billy Gibbons 5-27-18 via David Kontner on Youtube
I’m not as a rule a concert goer. The first one I had ever attended my wife took me to when we were first dating (Kenny Rogers) but you can count the number of concerts I’ve been to on the fingers of both hands with plenty of fingers to spare.

That being said my youngest son remembering that I had a Creedence greatest hits CD in my old car, upon hearing that ZZ Top and John fogerty were going to be at Mohegan Sun Casino on Memorial Day Weekend bought tickets so the pair of us could go (my wife declined to attend the concert preferring the slots)

We sat with our backs against the wall at the highest level directly opposite the stage from which I could see the entire crowd as well as the stage it was a climb that my newly senior citizen discount legs objected to but after a rather forgettable opening act Fogerty took the stage and the place was really rocking and the very middle aged crowd was moving and signing along with the 70+ yer old singer who shared the state with a pair of his sons.

The fact that all of these songs are still regularly played on the radio speaks to the quality of his music.

ZZ Top followed, like Fogerty they have been doing this for 50 years, unlike Fogerty the star of the show wasn’t so much the songs but their guitar work which the large side screens focused on, with a few exceptions like when the crowd joined in for the chorus of “Sharp Dressed Man”

Fogerty also joined them on stage both to get a birthday cake for his 73 birthday and for a rendition of the classic song 16 tons

I enjoyed this a lot more than I expected but there was an aspect of the night that in this day and age that was as pleasant a surprise as inexplicable decision of an attractive blond woman to ignore the entireties of her friends to sit in the seat she paid for with them on the other side of my son and instead sit next to me.

The complete lack of any political message or political statement by any person on that stage.

Now it’s fair to say Looking at the demographics of crowd in attendance that, despite the lack of MAGA hats and the location deep in blue state, it likely overwhelmingly was filled with Trump voters.

Furthermore given their age Fogerty (born 1945) and the ZZ Top guys (all three of them born 1949) wealth and Iconic status are not likely to give a damn if their opinions upset anybody either in the media or the crowd. If they wanted to opine on the president for or against there would have been nothing to restrain them.

They didn’t. The came to play and perform music and their audience came to hear them play and have a good time and that what they got.

But isn’t it a shame that we’ve reached a point in America where the lack of politics at a concert is so noteworthy?

The adage goes that you don’t want to see sausage or laws being made.

The same can be said about reading or watching news. If you know something about a subject, you likely will be dismayed by the news.

For me, that is the case when it comes to U.S. coverage of China.

For the past three years, I have studied the language, history, economics, and politics of China. I’ve traveled throughout the country, spending months in four separate trips.

Now I have to endure sophomoric accounts about China.

Axios.com, a prominent website for Washingtonians, has been shouting from the rooftops for the past week.

Here is an excerpt: “Trump showed you can turn China into a villain on trade. But a smart politician could turn China into a unifying villain on virtually every topic — a reason to move fast and together on infrastructure, immigration, regulations, space, robotics, 5G, and next-gen education.”

Turning China into a unifying villain? That sounds like something straight out of Ronald Reagan’s playbook–not the left–when dealing with the former Soviet Union. More important, China’s politicians are a lot smarter than the Kremlin geriatric ward of the 1970s and 1980s.

Axios and other media outlets often miss the point.

What China has most of all is patience.

For example, the country has committed itself to a massive public transportation system. In a recent visit to Luoyang, a “small” city of two million people, I saw the project of building four subway lines at a cost of billions of dollars. The roads of the city have come to a virtual standstill during rush hours because every major road is a building site. The project began in 2016 and won’t be finished for another year at the earliest. In the past decade, China has built nearly 2,000 miles of subway lines–more than the systems in the United States and Great Britain combined.

Drivers may honk their horns in occasional frustration, but nearly everyone I talked to understands that the public transportation system will cut traffic and lure many tourists to this attractive town, which boasts a number of top-flight locales, such as the Longmen Grottoes and the Shaolin Temple. Simply put, the locals are proud! Here is some background information about the city’s building plans: http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-09/19/c_136621169.htm

Remember the massive infrastructure program President Trump touted during the campaign? It remains mired in Congress because the Democrats apparently don’t want to give Trump a win before the midterm elections.

Moreover, just imagine what would happen in a major U.S. city if there was a plan to build a massive transit system. Protesters would claim the digging was creating a major environmental hazard or desecrating some forgotten trove of bones. Road rage would soar. Cost overruns and corruption would be rampant.

One of the major differences between the populations of the United States and China is patience. At the end of a major endeavor, most Chinese realize that something better will happen.

That’s one of the major weapons China has over the United States—one that most journalists don’t understand.

This weekend I talked briefly about the crisis in England with Tommy Robinson’s arrest and the unwillingness of Englishmen to stand up and fight for the basic rights of Englishmen that back when I was born would have been an automatic reaction.

The question here is why and I think I have the answer.

In 1963 every single Englishman had either fought in the war (WW 2), had a family member serve in the military or personally knew someone who had fought and died in military service.

In 2018 how many Englishmen actually personally know another who served who is under the age of ninety?

Why would you fight for rights when you’ve never learned the virtue of doing so?

Today is Memorial Day in the US.

On Memorial day 1963 I was twelve days old and it would have been nearly impossible to find a person didn’t either serve in the armed services, had a family member who had served, or personally knew someone who had either served or fought and died.

On Memorial day 2018 I’m 55 years and ten days old and the opposite is now true. It takes no effort to find people who have never served, nor had a family member they know serve or don’t know a person personally who serves or has served.

I’m not saying where going to end up where England is, but I am saying that if we do end up there, this will be one of the primary reasons for it.

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – This Memorial Day I am offering you a roundup of related readings.

Memorial Day often coincides with the end of the school year for children (and teachers) and has customarily been dubbed “the unofficial start of summer” holiday. That being said, and I’m preaching to the choir, I know, but we should always remember the purpose of this day: to remember and to honor the fallen.

A roundup of readings for you today:

The 31st Rolling Thunder motorcycle ride is this year.  Bikers from all over the country travel to Washington, DC to pay tribute.

Here is a collection of Memorial Day photos from around the world.

USA Today reminds you that Monday is also National Burger Day.

Here is my 2014 post on the Kelley Brothers; our hometown lost three brothers during World War II, one of them on D-Day.

Photos from Arlington Cemetery.

Here is a Memorial Day reading list.

Tropical storm Alberto is going to dampen a few Memorial Day BBQs.

A history of Memorial Day.

Some television somewhere will be showing Saving Private Ryan.

If you’re going to fire up the grill for Memorial Day here are some recipes for burgers.

And if burgers aren’t your thing, here are recipes for ribs and frosty, chilly drinks.

We have several local events we attend each year; there is always a service at our local veteran’s cemetery and then the American Legion has a wreath laying ceremony.  After that we usually spend the day just relaxing and grilling.  Yes, it’s the unofficial start to summer but as you are planning your day, take time to remember the fallen.

 

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport and the author of Cane River Bohemia: Cammie Henry and Melrose Plantation, due out in October.  Follow her on Instagram @patbecker25.

Politics is downstream of culture.          -Andrew Breitbart

Between network television and Netflix, I have been watching three separate series that all take place in and around the White House: “Designated Survivor,” “Madame Secretary,” and “House of Cards.” House of Cards is fun (although there are plenty of disturbing scenes made for fast-forward) because it makes no pretense that anyone in politics is motivated by anything other than naked self-interest and the pursuit of power. To be honest, I’m a bit surprised that it aired during the Obama administration, and with the Underwoods being democrats, too.

Madame Secretary was clearly developed to promote Hillary for president. If you realize that going in, you can laugh at the typical tropes like “Global Climate Change is the single biggest threat to our national security,” the non-gender-conforming policy advisor, and even the fantastical “Iran Deal” that could only be negotiated in a television show. Given the failure of this show to drag Clinton over the finish line resulting in (I love saying this) President Trump, the next goal of the show will be to show everyone how awesome it will be when we have a woman president.

Designated Survivor is perhaps the most subtle of the three. It stars Kiefer Sutherland (formerly Jack Bauer in “24”) as Tom Kirkman, the former HUD Secretary who gets thrust into the presidency after a terrorist attack during the State of the Union. Of course, the original Muslim suspect turned out to be a decoy and the real mastermind was actually an evil capitalist. Sutherland portrays the president as a non-partisan straight shooter, but it’s clear that he and his staff are anything but. In a recent episode, they were trying to nominate a “progressive icon” to the Supreme Court. Everyone was excited about how much “good” he could do on the Court which, of course, is not the job of a Supreme Court Justice. Interestingly, in a nod to the #metoo movement, the nomination was derailed due to a past sexual harassment claim that was initially only deemed a problem because “the Republicans control the Judiciary Committee.” I guess they were admitting that Democrats would have overlooked such things just to get a progressive on the court.

All three are entertaining, but keep your antennae up and be on the lookout for propaganda. And try not to get confused by the different Oval Office decorations.

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By John Ruberry

“It [the Thames River] had borne all the ships whose names are like jewels flashing in the night of time, from the Golden Hind returning with her round flanks full of treasure, to be visited by the Queen’s Highness and thus pass out of the gigantic tale, to the Erebus and Terror, bound on other conquests—and that never returned.”
Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness.

Last Monday I completed watching AMC’s ten-episode masterful series, The Terror, a telling, with many needed embellishments to fill in the missing details, of John Franklin’s Lost Expedition of 1845-1848.

The voyage was a British Navy attempt to navigate an ice-free route through the Canadian Arctic, the Northwest Passage, an envisioned shortcut to China, that to this day, is a rarely navigable by large ships. The expedition was led by Sir John Franklin, who was also the captain of the Erebus. Francis Crozier captained the Terror. The ships were last seen between Greenland and Baffin Island in 1845. After wintering off of Beechey Island, where three crew members died, the ships became trapped in the following year, it’s believed they never sailed again. Franklin died in 1847, and the last communication from the expedition, a note left in a cairn on King William Island, reported that an astounding 24 men died before the ships were abandoned in 1848. The crew of the ship totaled 134 when it departed the Thames. Only a few bodies and some bones–some of which betray evidence of cannibalism–and a smattering artifacts were discovered after an exhaustive series of rescue missions. Over the following decades it was ascertained that the men may have been debilitated, both physically and mentally, by lead poisoning from shoddily soldered cans of food.

There were no survivors.

That’s the essence of what is known of the expedition.

The Terror series, based on a novel by Dan Simmons, imaginatively fills in the details of what might have happened to the crew.

Franklin (Ciarán Hinds) ignores the advice of Crozier (Jared Harris) and they get stuck, well you already know that part of the story. The ships are menaced by a mysterious creature, Tuunbaq, which appears to be a polar bear. An Eskimo woman (Nive Nielsen) becomes their only human connection to the Arctic, of which Crozier says, “This place wants us dead.”

True, very true.

About Tuunbaq: Is it real, or an elaborate exaggeration where Inuit legend melds with lead-poisoned induced dementia?

The most compelling character is a young petty officer, Cornelius Hickey (Adam Nagaitis), who in a role reminiscent of George Segal’s in the Japanese prisoner of war movie, King Rat, uses the catastrophe to recreate himself as a leader. As so often happens, when order collapses cunning operators such as Hickey move in. Something bad becomes something worse.

Of course they don’t realize it right away, but the crew of the Franklin Expedition are imprisoned just as the inmates in King Rat were.

Crozier finally decides to abandon the ships–and the crew embarks on an 800-mile journey by foot to a remote mainland Canadian outpost–pulling many of their belongings, including unneeded books, in lifeboats refashioned as sleds.

The situation becomes dreadful for them as the series gets even better.

The Terror was filmed in Hungary, superbly done CGI replicates the ice-bound ships and the rocky terrain of Beechey and King William islands. If you perform a Google image search of these forlorn islands, you’ll swear the series was filmed on location.

Paul Ready’s portrayal of surgeon Harry Goodsir, who remains kindly even while he gently declines the request of a dying man that he not perform an autopsy on him, is also praiseworthy.

I enjoyed the series, although I have to call out an overdone flogging scene that devolved into sadomasochistic torture.

Then again, like Conrad’s steamboat in his novella, the Terror and the Erebus sailed “into the heart of an immense darkness.”

AMC is still showing The Terror and it’s available where I live on Xfinity On Demand.

This show is not for the squeamish.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

…because between the “secret” imprisonment of Tommy Robinson for daring to report trials that the British find embarrassing, the state forcibly keeping a British family from seeking treatment of their son, a British subject and the overwhelming vote that will condemn Irish children to death in numbers that over time will make the forced famine look like picnics they British and Irish people have outdone their historic oppressors by their own free will by embracing injustices done to their own children.

Who needs Hitler? Who needs Cromwell?

That free people would do these things to themselves is completely beyond me.