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The British Empire was not evil: Neill Ferguson

To help publicise his new book, and promote the tv series, Niall Ferguson has an article in todays SBPost. In it he argues that many of the effects British rule had on Ireland were positive. I would be inclined to agree. Im sorry I missed all parts of his series since it started on Channel 4, but I will keep an eye out for it. It is something of an admission to come from a British author that

The Irish were on the receiving end of a policy of expropriation and `ethnic cleansing’ every bit as ruthless as that which would be attempted in North America.

In modern usage, ethnic cleansing is exactly what happened to the indigenous Irish people from about the 16th century on. Where I think Irish people nowadays trip up is in using the term ‘Irish’. To me its a very loose word, Ireland was invaded many times over the centuries, and was colonised by a neighbouring power.

I think many Irish people assume that it was ‘us’ against ‘them’ for the entire time since the Norman invasion. In fact, the Normans interbred with the native Celtic peoples, and Ireland became a part of the Norman world – and the same happened up until independence. Much of the history thought in Irish schools portrays Britain as the evil colonial power – Ferguson’s insight is a refreshing answer to many of these over-nationalist sentiments.

Short memory Clinton

I guess now that he is no longer in office means the Bill Clinton can say pretty much say whatever he wants to say. His article in the IHT talks much about utopian ideals and the future of international relations, and even as far as the future of humanity. How nice. It is a pity he did not hold to such beliefs while in office, but I guess things are put in a different light when you do not have to worry about opinion polls etc.

For example he talks about making a stronger UN, but was not he the one that withheld US contributions to it, amounting to over $1 billion dollars? He may think we are on the right path, but I would disagree, if anything the UN has been ridiculed and made to look out dated by Bush’s september speach, and we will ultimately see a US role of complete power and an inevitable large scale war.

Educate the world?

Interesting appeal in the Herald Tribune today. They hope that by having civic education and democracy thought in all primary and secondary schools that this would help improve things overall, and with regard to terrorism too. I wish they thought people in democratic countries like Ireland – then maybe people would be politically motivated and we might live in a better country. Anyway, worth the read.

What do people really think of America?

A study conducted by the Pew Research Centre for The People & The Press has revealed large scale hostility to the US, especially in Muslim countries. Not surprising you might say, but is an interesting study nonetheless, and was headed by former Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright. She was also interviewed on BBC’s Newsnight by Jeremy Paxman tonight.


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