The brutal oppression by a tyrannical foreign government of 80,000 Irish intellectuals, who were put in chains and shipped to the British West Indies against their will, to work as 'slaves' in the fields (circa 1649). The deliberate destruction of all Irish religious and cultural symbols (churches, schools and libraries), in Ireland and the taking away of all 'civil rights' of the Irish citizens, while forcing the Irish property owners off of their land. The slaughtering of thousands of innocent civilians using the term, "Divine Providence," by an English madman, Sir Oliver Cromwell, as his armies swept across Ireland acting out his personal vengeance against the Irish people. To try and humiliate an entire population by trying to destroy the Irish will to live and survive for over two hundred years. A sad chapter of a colonial empire whose arrogance, brutality and the subjugation of the people it conquered, could easily be ranked as possibly the most evil of all the worlds monarchies, when compared could easily be ranked as possibly the most evil of all the worlds monarchies, when compared to any of the Asiatic despots, who roamed the world seeking power and wealth. Added to this tragedy was an equally tragic natural calamity, the Irish potato famine of 1846-1850.'
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Published January 15, 2001
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