Sinead wrote:Friends - I went to see the statue in St. Stephen's Green - it is fantastic. It is enormous, very realistic, and haunting. It is amazing what some can do with rubbish. He depicts all soldiers, not any specific country.
I went to see it because of what I heard on RTE Radio about it. To hear individuals say it should be given the same fate as Nelson's Pillar is dreadful. The thousands of Irish men and women lost in the First World War have been labeled 'Traitors', if I were eloquent I would ring Joe Duffy myself. The moaners do not seem to understand that many of those who went to war could not find employment in Ireland and they had families to support, this is particularly true of those who signed up from the Dublin area. They were worn down by the Lockout. Those lucky enough to get home at the end of the war did not get a great welcome.
Well said Sinead, it never ceases to amaze me how people can get so would up about the past and not learn from it ! you hit the nail on the head when you pointed out that poverty was the prime reason for the Irish joining up ... the recent film 'Black 47' is about a returning Connaught Ranger and the horrors that he found having fought courageously in the British Army.
I am of the opinion that wars should be learned from and not celebrated, people should see that war is a way of culling the population and enabling the wealthy get richer in most cases.... the rank and file are used as canon fodder as those in charge sit at home immune to the atrocities carried out under their command.
This is a song from 1986 by Jackson Browne and shows how we have learned nothing as it could have been written yesterday ! ...