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Irish Americans

Gerry O'Hare • 17 April 2004

Irish Republicism is a great and grand thing. We Irish Americans should copy it and then maybe, just maybe, we would have decent leaders here in this country who would stop imperialism in all its ugly forms. Gee, that must sound strange coming from an Irish American like myself. The fact is you can't support Irish Republicism, send money and in the old days, send material to Ireland without looking at your own homeland situation. We need a revolution of the mind here in America. We certainly need decent leadership.

Every former IPOW and every SF person that I have known and even met briefly stand head and shoulders above the God awful American political leaders. I'm 57 years old and I can't remember all of the countries that my country has sent troops to in my lifetime. All of those bombs dropped on civilians across the globe and we Irish Americans were using up our time and money supporting SF and the RA.

Yes it was time well spent and the cause of Ireland was and is good, but we should have done something here in America to stop those leaders in Washington who send young boys off to die in strange places. We should have stopped those leaders who buy elections and bomb defenseless people across the world. We should have changed America and then change Ireland. That was our mistake. At the time the people in the six counties were suffering so much that it seemed so urgent to focus on Ireland. Some critics would rightly say that it is safer to support Irish Republicanism from afar than to actually follow the principles of Irish Republicism at home. That is a valid point of view.

So here we are today with SF growing in Ireland and America at war across the globe. SF leaders are capable of serious analysis of the Irish movement and American pols can't seem to understand that 911 began when America got involved in other people's affairs. There's not a dimes worth of difference between American Republicans and Democrats. If only we had a Sinn Fein party here in America. Could you just imagine the world if America was lead by Irish Republicans!

We should have changed America first and then supported old Ireland.


















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19 April 2004


Other Articles From This Issue:


The Laughter of Our Children
Anthony McIntyre


Prisoners Families Physically Removed from Maghaberry Visit
J. Sean Burns, IRPWA


Profile of a Glove
Kathleen O'Halloran


Irish Americans
Gerry O'Hare


The Globe and the Village

Lila Rajival


16 April 2004


Two Codes of Ignoble Submission
Kathleen O'Halloran


32CSM Easter Oration, Derry
Marian Price


Threat to Dissident...?
J. Doherty


Another Recruit
Brian Mór


R = PB -C
Eoghan O’Suilleabhain


The Public, Private and Academic Partnership:
Towards a New Paradigm of Public Protection

Terry O'Neill


Anthony McIntyre


"Colombia-US Free Trade Treaty - far more than trade"
Emilio Sardi (with reflections by Toni Solo)




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