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From: Irish Foreign Affairs: Articles
Date: April, 2010
By: Pat Walsh
Title: Acts of Contrition – Irish and Turkish
“Who remembers the Armenians?” That is the famous quotation attributed to Hitler - even though he may never have said it. But that is beside the point, surely, because it is just too good a story to discard because it does not stand the test of reliability or factual rigour.

If Hitler actually uttered those words he was terribly mistaken in his belief. The Armenians are widely remembered today. Much more so than the large and successful genocides that the Anglo-Saxon world achieved in the name of progress, but which are forgotten today because there is no one left to tell the tale.

Hitler was a great admirer of the British Empire and determined to emulate its racial theories and geopolitics. So it is surprising that he could not think of a better example of genocide than the Armenian case. But maybe he did and it was not reported, or else he kept it to himself in deference to his object of admiration.

But perhaps it was really because Hitler, himself, was a product of the world Britain made that he remembered the Armenians and forgot the others...

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From: Irish Foreign Affairs: Articles
Date: April, 2010
By: John Martin
Title: Review: Le Monde selon K. by Pierre Péan
It can be quite depressing to observe how some journalists in Ireland delight in denigrating aspects of our history and culture. Defence of the Independence struggle is seen as being backward. We are urged to celebrate British imperialist traditions such as the “poppy”. And the willingness of some Irish people to accept baubles from the British Queen is considered a sign of our maturity.
It is tempting to conclude that this characteristic of self-loathing is a psychological condition. Perhaps it is. But it is noticeable that the neurosis fits in with a coherent Anglo American view of the World.

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From: Irish Foreign Affairs: Articles
Date: April, 2010
By: Philip O'Connor
Title: British war strategy, the SOE and the IRA
The Special Operations Executive (SOE) was established in 1940 to support or create resistance movements in Europe and organise widespread “sabotage and subversion” as an extension of the British war effort. It was consciously outside and contrary to the “Rules of War” and was accompanied by military coups and sabotage raids organised by other branches of the secret services in pursuit of British war aims.

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From: Irish Political Review: Editorials
Date: March, 2010
By: Editorial
Title: Northern Ireland: Many A Slip——
The great Tory-Unionist alliance projected by David Cameron seems to have come to grief.

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From: Irish Political Review: Editorials
Date: February, 2010
By: Editorial
Title: The Crisis In The North (again)
Britain divided Ireland and kept part of it under its own control but refused to govern it. Government was farmed out to a local majority which was locked in combat with the local minority when the deed was done. The farming out of government of the region, outside the political life of the state, preserved the condition of conflict that was there at the outset. The minority community, whose energy was denied an outlet in the meaningful politics of the state, eventually made so much trouble that the state abolished the majority rule principle in the farmed-out government, and made it a rule that representatives of both communities should hold governing ministries as of right, and that these ministries should not be subordinate to a Cabinet, or to the 'Parliamentary Assembly' on which you could believe the whole thing was based if you were careful not to think about it.

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