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Epona BS: Ban on 'The Wind That Shakes The Barley' (318* d) RE: BS: Ban on 'The Wind That Shakes The Barley' 23 Jul 06

WLD - Maybe it's not just the Irish and Scottish, but the English too? For as much as I appreciate your post, I think one point is missing. It doesn't matter who the first victims were or who the last ones will be. What matters is that there were victims at all! What matters is it's an ongoing assault on people and one that many choose not to recognize and stand up against. It's been happening in Ireland for hundreds of years, in England and Scotland for the same. In the British "colonies" too. To use a line from a song that the English were perhaps the first victims of their own rulers doesn't divert attention from the fact that in every country that has tasted British rule, the citizens have been treated as less then human. And that, WLD, is the problem, regardless of who the Brits brutalized first.

This movie only showed a minute part of the what the Irish faced. There are SO MANY more stories that haven't been told, and I'm sure you've glimpsed that from some that you hear on Mudcat. What I'm asking is not for anyone to play the "who was hurt first and who suffered most" game, but for everyone here to see that there was and still is a problem and that it has to be stopped, whether it's in England, Ireland or even New Zealand. It doesn't help to say, "yes, we've been victimized. Maybe things will change." You must admit that there is a horrific abuse of power and determine IT HAS TO BE CHANGED. If not for you, for you children, for your grandchildren.   

Rant is done. Off to work.


And WLD, for the record, I think your parents story is just as worthy as being remembered as the story that was told in the movie. History too often forgets those not in power, so don't let anyone forget how they suffered BUT survived.

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