Saturday 20 January 2018

1916 insults

• It is utterly galling to observe a liberal democracy confer official approbation upon a primitive, cultish ritual of nationalist slaughter, undertaken by a fanatical reactionary cadre and their followers in 1916.

Every April on this island, decent, law-abiding citizens are insulted by the grandiose spectacle of this State imparting honour to murderers who unleashed a chain of killing and revenge that is still with us today.

Moral sentiments in relation to 1916 and the ideology of Fenian nationalism are dangerous for any liberal democracy to indulge in. The unvarnished truth, however, is that the Irish Republic is frightened of its own history. Our woeful political class, fearing a backlash, invariably defers to what it wrongly perceives as populist support for proto-fascism.

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