Kevin Myers: If your state is conceived in sin then sin is what your state will inevitably revert to
Published 23/11/2010 | 05:00
IF we are to save what remains of Irish statehood we must start by creating a discourse based on truth not on fantasy, such as that which follows.
"IT may seem strange to some that the 'Irish Times' would ask whether this is what the men of 1916 died for: a bailout from the German chancellor with a few shillings of sympathy from the British chancellor on the side ... .we have now surrendered our sovereignty to the European Commission, the European Central Bank, and the International Monetary Fund."
Thus, in a nutshell, the ignorant historical mumbo-jumbo that has for 94 years defined our political discourse: folklore masquerading as historical fact. For the men of 1916 died precisely because they'd sought a bail-out from the German Chancellor, Theobald Bethmann-Hollweg, whom Sir Roger Casement first met in 1914. Once the First War had begun Joseph Plunkett eagerly, though not easily, joined Casement in Berlin via Spain, Italy and Switzerland to copper-fasten German military-backing for a rising. Thus the Easter Proclamation's wording, "supported by her exiled children in America and by gallant allies in Europe".