The Great Famine of Ireland is widely believed to be due to a failed potato crop which led to starvation for two-fifths of the population between 1845-1852 – with around 1 million people dead and another million emigrating from Ireland – causing Ireland’s population to drop by 25%.
However, it wasn’t due to the failed potato crop that led to the deaths of so many people, but the imposed English rules placed on the Irish that saw them being treated like slaves by English rulers, and prevented them from accessing other forms of food that would have prevented their deaths. The English were responsible for an Irish holocaust.
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It was not blighted potatoes that caused the Irish genocide of 150 years ago. Yes, there was potato blight at the time. It struck harvests in the autumn of 1845, and had begun in North Carolina, then spread throughout the Northern Hemisphere for several years – yet it did not cause famine or mass death anywhere, except in Ireland. Why was that?
Nor were potatoes the only major produce of Irish agriculture at the time; they were just the only produce which the Irish – 75 percent of whom were feudal tenants of mostly tyrannical British landlords, fanatical preachers of ‘free trade’ – were allowed to eat or to feed to their livestock! As the historian Arthur Young wrote, the Irish tenant farmers were, like so many others, effectively slaves.
“A landlord in Ireland can scarcely invent an order which a laborer, servant, or cottier [tenant farmer] dares to refuse… He may punish with his cane or his horsewhip with the most perfect security. A poor man would have his bones broken if he offered to lift a hand in his own defense.”
‘Free trade’ decreed that no government surplus food – no ‘welfare’ – be given to the starving, in order to leave the market for food undisturbed. “We do not propose,” Prime Minister Lord John Russell told the House of Commons, “to interfere with the regular mode by which Indian corn and other kinds of grain may be brought into Ireland.”
A prominent Irish author and journalist, Tim Pat Coogan, explores this shameful chapter in Ireland’s rich history in his book The Famine Plot:
England’s Role in Ireland’s Greatest Tragedy. In the final chapter, he recalls the xenophobic images and words commonly used to caricature the Irish in Victorian England. Colonial Administrator (and obvious psychopath) Charles Trevelyan, and other architects of the ‘famine response’, had a direct hand in filling the newspapers with the “oft-repeated theme that the famine was the result of a flaw in the Irish character.” And Punch, an English ‘satirical’ magazine, regularly portrayed “‘Paddy’ as a simian in a tailcoat and a derby, engaged in plotting murder, battening on the labour of the English workingman, and generally living a life of indolent treason,” explains Mr Coogan. The result of such dehumanising propaganda was to make unreasonable policy seem reasonable and just – historical revisionism in action!
Essentially, ‘free trade’ gave Irish farm families three choices when the potato crops failed:
- starve on their farms, while selling their grain crops to pay their rent
- report to the Public Works or the Poor Law workhouses to be worked/starved to death (as the Nazis did to the inmates of Auschwitz)
- emigrate and take the 50/50 chance of surviving the passage across the Atlantic.
According to the definitions of the Geneva Convention, what happened in Ireland between 1845-50 was Genocide. During those ‘potato famine years’ – food was systematically removed from the shores of Ireland, a policy conducted in full awareness that it was starving the population.
The result was a million deaths, with two million more emigrating.
Ireland starved because its food, from 40 to 70 shiploads per day, was removed at gunpoint by 12,000 British constables reinforced by the British militia, battleships, excise vessels, Coast Guard and by 200,000 British soldiers (100,000 at any given moment) The attached map shows the never-before-published names and locations in Ireland of the food removal regiments (Disposition of the Army; Public Record Office, London; et al, of which we possess photocopies). Thus, Britain seized from Ireland’s producers tens of millions of head of livestock; tens of millions of tons of flour, grains, meat, poultry and dairy products; enough to sustain 18 million persons.
At the time, the population of Ireland was about 8 million.
In other words, the history still being taught to Irish children is a gross distortion of the facts. In a letter he wrote to an Irish peer – the 1st Baron Monteagle of Brandon, a former Chancellor of the Exchequer – Charles Trevelyan described the famine as an “effective mechanism for reducing surplus population” as well as “the judgement of God“. In recent years, former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright expressed similarly unconscionable sentiments regarding the economic siege of Iraq in the 1990s. Here’s another quote that embodies the psychopathic nature of Trevelyan, and the British Government he represented:
“British Coastguard Inspector-General, Sir James Dombrain, when he saw starving paupers, ordered his subordinates to give free food handouts. For his attempts to feed the starving, Dombrain was publicly rebuked by Trevelyan…”
The Trevelyan quote is: “The real evil with which we have to contend is not the physical evil of the Famine but the moral evil of the selfish, perverse and turbulent character of the people.”
Emigration was thus a desperate necessity. On some of the ‘coffin ships’ the death rate was 30% or more. Besides overcrowding, starvation and disease, the dangers included, for those attempting to use the Liverpool route, unscrupulous middlemen and landlords, thieves, con men, and the extortionate tactics of ships’ agents and owners. Exactly the same despicable tactics being used by ‘people traffickers’ of desperate people these days. Still, with the only other alternative being a slow death at home, hundreds of thousands faced, and largely overcame, these horrifying obstacles.
These days in our morally bankrupt Europe Union, people continue to flee from oppression and starvation. According to refugee organizations’ estimates, since 1990 something in the region of 25,000 people have drowned while attempting to cross the Mediterranean to Europe. Since the Lampedusa migrant deaths of 2013, when hundreds drowned, thousands more desperate people have been rescued from these latter day versions of the ‘coffin ships’, then often detained in conditions amounting to a ‘living hell‘. Britain’s Home Office estimates that some 30,000 migrants and asylum seekers are detained indefinitely in the country while their immigration status is ‘resolved’, with many being held for months or even years. The immigration removal centers in the UK have been described as ‘proper prisons’, with lack of medical care, routine physical abuse, and illegal indefinite detentions. Ireland today, still suffering the demise of its economy as the ‘Celtic Tiger’ was fattened then slaughtered by the same imperialist mindset that caused the famine, is undergoing another mass emigration, with as many as 400,000 people having left Irish shores since 2008… from a population of just over 4.5 million.
Is it really any wonder that the same human rights abuses continue today when such horrific acts of genocide have been excised from the history books and the knowledge of them denied even to the descendants of those who suffered so terribly? It’s an appalling travesty. Until we research objectively, uncover these horrific lies, and demand their inclusion in mainstream history books and the school curriculum – learn the lessons of history, in other words – absolutely nothing will change. We will continue to see the same agendas play out, just on a slightly different stage.
Perhaps this St Patrick’s Day we can make a concerted effort to pass on knowledge of this despicable period in Irish history, sign the petition ‘WHEN GENOCIDE BECAME ‘FAMINE’: IRELAND, 1845 – 1850‘, and celebrate those ‘Celtic qualities’ we may have forgotten or lost, but which we have in common with other ‘tribes‘ worldwide. Perhaps this St Patrick’s Day we can remember our shared suffering with all humanity – whatever their nationality, creed or colour – under the Global Pathocracy‘s relentless war against the weak.
“Our modern civilization suffers from amnesia. The psychopathic elites have stolen our heritage: the wisdom of our ancestors who knew about the cyclical nature of cosmic events and the role played by corruption in those catastrophes.”
Only Our Rivers Run Free is a song written by Mickey MacConnell about the constitutional status of Northern Ireland. I feel the lyrics are relevant everywhere in this world though, as the “cold chains of bondage” take many different forms, perhaps the strongest being those that remain unseen because people do not know their true history.
Only our rivers run free
When apples still grow in November
When Blossoms still bloom from each tree
When leaves are still green in December
It’s then that our land will be free
I wander her hills and her valleys
And still through my sorrow I see
A land that has never known freedom
And only her rivers run free
I drink to the death of her manhood
Those men who’d rather have died
Than to live in the cold chains of bondage
To bring back their rights were denied
Oh where are you now when we need you
What burns where the flame used to be
Are ye gone like the snows of last winter
And will only our rivers run free?
How sweet is life but we’re crying
How mellow the wine but it’s dry
How fragrant the rose but it’s dying
How gentle the breeze but it sighs
What good is in youth when it’s aging
What joy is in eyes that can’t see
When there’s sorrow in sunshine and flowers
And still only our rivers run free
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