Pacifists struck major blow for freedom
* The republican movement can claim to be many things, but wise is not one of them. The wars they have fought define a movement that plays too fast and loose with the lives of their own volunteers and that exhibits an unbelievable coldness for their victims.
This fighting of wars, especially wars that had no chance of success, is central to their failure to understand the nature of the situation in Ireland. "Eight centuries of resistance" is the republican boast. "Every generation has fought for freedom."
Another way of looking at this is to try to understand why the English needed to keep their hold on Ireland.