Thursday, July 5, 2012

Per Fagereng, Maureen O'Connell and Liam Duffy of Irish Left Review respond to Maureen Dowd

From: Maureen O'Connell []
Sent: Tuesday, July 03, 2012
Fáilte Romhat
Published: July 2nd, 2012

And after the handshake

it emerged he'd also been using

coins with her picture on it

and even accepting post from

`the 'Royal Mail'.

He's even been laughing, like the rest of us,

at the racist quotes from the Duke of Edinburgh

- as with his old age

he's somehow too sweet

to offend, like most old people.

But Martin shook hands

with an overpriced hat, and he

should put everything back the

way he found it, so better men

who delight at the prospect

of continuing the struggle;

walking around bogs on Youtube

and proclaiming violence

on Facebook, or in the back room of a pub,

wearing a balaclava

all progress

towards The Revolution,

while Ériu shrugs.

Liam Duffy is a poet who grew up and studied in Galway. He is now compiling an Artistic Atlas of
Galway, studying Urban studies and working towards his first collection of poetry. He has recently
been published Boyne Berries and the Arkadia Gazette and The Poetry Bus and has also read at the
West Cork Literary Festival in Ireland as part of a reading dubbed: Irish Poets: A New Generation.

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From: Per Fagereng []
Sent: Tuesday, July 03, 2012 8:04 PM
Subject: Re: Maureen Dowd: The Wearing of the Green

The Queen wore green. How nice. I don't think anybody expected her to wear an orange sash and play the flute.
It's fair to ask how the 800-year war began; in other words, who started it? That's what historians do. It began in 1171 when one of the Henry's chose to invade Ireland.
This raises a question of international law and morality. What rights do invaders have? The invasion has already tipped the scales of justice. A killing by the invaded is not the same as a killing by the invader. It's a matter of self-defense.
Now the question is, how will it end? The war continues on a much-reduced level. There are still injustices to settle. But the main battle has shifted to the economic battlefield where Ireland, along with Greece and other nations, is being screwed by the bankers.
And British Prime Minister David Cameron is plainly on the money side.
So it's nice that the Queen in her own way sought to make amends. There is still much mending to do.
Per Fagereng
----- Original Message -----
From: Ed Pearl
Sent: Monday, July 02, 2012 1:20 PM
Subject: Maureen Dowd: The Wearing of the Green

Would that my old friend Brian Heran (pronounded Breean in Irish and with his last name somewhat altered), were still around to take on Ms Doud's opinion of the historic role of the IRA, in this splendidly written and hopeful piece on Northern Ireland. Alas.
If anyone out there sends me a suitable response, and I hope that happens, I'll send it out. -Ed

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