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Richard Wallace • 10 August 2004

It is nice to see that the AOH-USA have become aware of Stormont Watch, and it would have been nicer yet if you had sooner become aware and taken a position when the Derry Civil Rights Vets were maligned and expelled by the Derry AOH for hosting a conference on the denial of Civil Rights and humanity for Irish Political Prisoners in British Jails on February 22, 2002.

Are we to have our hearts swell up in pride for the AOH-USA for remembering our brethren in the late 1700's when you went deaf and blind when your brethren in Derry were mistreated by your own organization's Brit leaders in Derry in February of 2002?

It is very important for the Irish to remember the atrocities committed by the British and to know where we come from so we can better understand where we are going, but to stick your head in the sand when offenses are being committed today against the Irish Civil Rights Organization in Derry, and say nothing of the West Brits that are in control of the Derry AOH is a sad commentary on where the AOH has wandered from its former days of honor guarding the priests in the 1700's.

I do not remember seeing the AOH-USA having anything to say when the GAA changed its charter to allow the British to play on the very fields where they murdered in cold blood so many GAA players and spectators in the 1920’s; or where were they when the Black and Tans burned Cork city to the ground along with 27 other cities.

When was the last time anyone from the AOH-USA walked the gauntlet into Maghaberry Prison and been greeted with a dog that would sit down at the tug of his chain? When was the last letter or card sent out to any prisoner from the AOH-USA. Yes, roll your eyes and go on about your business.

If you want to participate in Irish affairs, you should include current affairs. Not to do so is hypocrisy induced cultural amnesia. The history of British atrocities against the Irish has been persistently and consistently evil for 1000 years, including up to this day, August 10, 2004.

I mean no offense to some of you very decent people involved in the AOH-USA, but please stop with the Paddy Dance and bending over for the Queen.








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