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The ‘Little Man’ Syndrome

By ATWadmin On February 15th, 2007 at 8:48 am

Everybody has met a small man with a big ego sometime during their life.  Aren’t they a pain?  They are either bragging about their sexual competency, or flexing their biceps, or telling their work colleagues how they single-handedly kicked the s*** out of five gorillas the previous Friday night.  Most, if not all, of these stories are complete codswallop and offer a tonic to their real acknowledgement of their size and capabilities.

I think Dublin, the Republic’s capital city, has a touch of the ‘little man syndrome’.  It may be a good night out for stag and hen parties; it certainly has its fair share of interesting history; and it undoubtedly has been at the vanguard of that country’s economic growth over the past ten years or so.  But let’s not pretend it is anything other than a minor player in the league of world cities.  Nor should we think it is a large city by European standards, let alone global ones.

So I had to chuckle yesterday when I read reports from the Irish Urban Forum about how Dublin could soon have an urban sprawl the size of Los Angeles.  Los Angeles lies at the heart of the world’s largest continuous urban area.  At over a thousand square miles it is half as big again as London’s (which itself is by far the largest in Europe).  Even at current growth rates, it would take Dublin another 200 or so years to equal the size of London, let alone that of LA.  This is a recent satellite image of Dublin taken by NASA 200 miles about the earth.  The orange area clearly indicates the limit of urban growth.  By comparison this is a satellite image of Los Angeles taken from five times the distance away.  Even from 1,000 miles up in the sky, there is simply no comparison.  If anything, this report shows a predilection for certain Irish agencies to engage in sensationalist forecasts, and the willingness of the Irish media – caught up in the wave of economically-inspired arrogance, to go along with them.

Dublin was always marketed as an almost quaint city.  It would be better and more believable if the same method of promotion was applied.  I concede that Dublin has experienced considerable change over recent times – in all sorts of positive ways.  It still shouldn’t brag in a manner that causes those of us who live in countries with GENUINELY massive cities to giggle uncontrollably by making out it is up there with the big boys.

STARDUST MEMORIES…..

By ATWadmin On February 11th, 2007 at 3:55 pm

stardust.jpgI noticed that over a hundred people have gathered in Dublin for a special anniversary service to remember the 48 young people who perished in the Stardust disaster. Families and survivors have joined together to pay tribute to the dead, who were mostly aged in their teens and early 20s when they died in the Valentine’s nightclub blaze in north Dublin 26 years ago. I can remember the tragedy at the time and trust that those who lost sons and daughters have found peace. So tragic to lose so many young people on Valentine’s Day.

THE ORIGINS OF COLLUSION….

By ATWadmin On February 10th, 2007 at 10:30 am

I note that the Irish Republican obsession with "collusion" continues today at a conference taken place in Dublin bringing together many different families who all believe their relatives or friends were murdered by British state forces in collusion with loyalists.

From my perspective, this is as credible as a UFO convention, or perhaps an "Elvis is still alive" gathering. You can be sure that it will get a sympathetic media hearing though. After all, a chance to blacken the Brits is a chance not to be ignored!

The message Irish Republicans need to comprehend is that had they not chosen to support a genocidal terrorist campaign against those of us who live on the same island as them, and had their rotten Government not aided the setting up of the Provisional IRA as well as providing sanctuary for it’s butchers, then they would have no grievance, real or imaginary. If they want to find where collusion starts – look in a mirror.

God Save the Queen

By ATWadmin On February 6th, 2007 at 6:52 am

Nobody who has been to Auschwitz can avoid being totally overcome by the experience.  I haven’t been myself, though I have heard tales from those who have.  I remember my father telling me that after visiting there some years ago, not one person in his coach party spoke on the way back to the hotel.  They sat through their evening meal in silence and it was only at breakfast the next day when normal conversation resumed – such was the impact of the place.

Germany and Poland are no longer enemies.  Germany was compelled to respect the sovereign integrity of Poland as a precursor to unification.  Yes, their fans clashed at the World Cup, but I could not honestly imagine the Polish being so immature as to recommend the banning of the German National Anthem (Das Lied der Deutschen) during an international sporting fixture.  I’ve spent the last half-hour trawling Google to see if I could locate one story pertaining to any possible ban.  I could not locate one.

So why then are we subjected to this non-discussion about the playing of God Save the Queen in Croke Park at the forthcoming Six Nations rugby match?  Auntie Beeb has an entire article devoted to its alleged significance, and Republican Sinn Fein (the movement even more despicable than its mainstream rival) plans to demonstrate outside the ground when England meet Ireland there.  Germany’s crimes against the Poles and Polish Jews outweighs any wrongdoings we committed against the Irish a billion times over.  Moreover, our fights against them frequently took place in the context of their attacks and crimes against the island’s minority Protestant population down the centuries.

Britain’s irregular forces killed 14 people at Croke Park back in 1920.  So flaming what?  This action took place at a time when we were fighting to keep the entire island a part of the United Kingdom against an illegal guerilla army that could equal the brutality of anything meeted out by the Black and Tans.  In those days the British Army really did meet violence with violence on the island of Ireland.  It was a far cry from the role they adopted during mass deployment in Ulster after 1969.  1920 was 1920.  This is a new century.  To those Irish who bemoan the entitlement of English (and a large percentage of the Unionist population who support England) rugby fans to have GStQ played at this bastion of sport-cum-bigotry,  I say ‘grow up’!

FOR THOSE IN PERIL…..

By ATWadmin On January 11th, 2007 at 9:15 am

I was following the story of a major search underway for the crew of a Wexford fishing vessel that sank off the south-east coast yesterday. The Pierre Charles, which was based in Dunmore East, sank in heavy seas three miles from Hook Head at around 6pm. The vessel had five men on board, four from Kerry and Wexford and one from eastern Europe. Two lifeboats and two coastguard helicopters were sent to the area after a distress signal was picked up yesterday evening, but they found no trace of the missing crew.

It sounds very ominous for those fisherman and I just wanted to step away from the political issues for a moment and reflect on the courage of those who go to sea for their living. I could not possibly do it, and yet day in day out, many brave folk head off into stormy seas in search of their daily bread. I have nothing but admiration for them and am so sorry for their families when they face terrible waits like that facing those whose relatives were on board this vessel. 

"O Christ! Whose voice the waters heard
And hushed their raging at Thy word
Who walked’st on the foaming deep
And calm amidst its rage didst sleep.
Oh hear us when we cry to thee
For those in peril on the sea."

DE VALERA AND THE NAZIS….

By ATWadmin On January 7th, 2007 at 10:50 am

Hitler1.jpgYes, of course we all remember that Irish President Eamon De Valera signed a book of condolences at the sad news of the death of Herr Hitler, back in 1945.

Now comes the news that his sympathy towards Nazis did not end with Hitler’s suicide, as it is revealed that a Nazi war criminal was given asylum in Ireland after the second world war and lived under an assumed name approved by Eamon de Valera’s government, according to devalera.jpgnew research. The Nazi collaborator was advised by de Valera to continue using an alias so that if the French government asked if he was in Ireland, the taoiseach could truthfully answer no. Jesuitical duplicity?

Célestin Lainé was leader of the Bezen Perrot, a Waffen SS unit, and responsible for the torture and murder of civilians in occupied Brittany. He joined the SS when the Germans recruited local help and took command of the region, ordering the torture and execution of resistance fighters who had once lived alongside him.

 

In 1944, as the allies liberated Brittany, many Nazi collaborators fled France. Some of those captured were found in possession of letters of recommendation written in English and addressed to the Irish consulate in Paris.

 

In 1947 word reached Lainé that the Irish government was prepared to grant him asylum. In an interview with RTE to be broadcast this week, Dan Leach of the University of Melbourne reveals that the former head of the Breton Nationalist Party met de Valera to discuss Lainé. “De Valera advised him (that Lainé should) continue using his alias so that if the French asked him if Lainé was in the country he could truthfully answer ‘no’,” Leach said. Lainé kept a low profile in Ireland until his death in 1983.

 

Another Nazi to take advantage of the soft approach of the Irish government was Andrija Artukovic, who was responsible for the death of 1m people in Croatia. Cathal O’Shannon, who has researched Ireland’s treatment of the Nazis after 1945, has discovered that there is a file on Artukovic in the Department of Foreign Affairs but the government has refused to release

 

I wonder was it raw hatred of Britain that led to such obnoxious decisions being made by De Valera? Since many Irish people courageously fought AGAINST the Nazis, and made the ultimate sacrifice in defence of liberty and freedom, it must be so annoying for their relatives to read of this State sanctioned collaboration with the vermin of the 3rd Reich.

IRISH JIHAD…..

By ATWadmin On December 21st, 2006 at 8:26 am

No Surrender (Now THERE’S a great blog title!) has an excellent summary here of the details featured on RTE’s "Prime Time" highlighting the Jihad threat in Ireland. There are five central and troubling issues.

Firstly, there is a Jihadi propaganda operation active in Ireland. Secondly, there is, within the Muslim community in Ireland, high-level sympathy for Jihad. Thirdly, there is a small [15%-19%] element in this community, which supports such terror. Fourthly, several active Jihadi terrorists have been identified with Irish links. Fifthly, a significant Al-Qaida figure is based in Dublin for some 25 years, and has acquired Irish citizenship.

 

None of this is in the least surprising. Jihad is not appeased. It is either defeated or it triumphs. Ireland has the same choice as everywhere else the ROP gets a  grip. Submit or die.

BUPA LEAVING….

By ATWadmin On December 15th, 2006 at 7:00 am

795151-592129-thumbnail.jpgI was interested to read that health-insurance firm BUPA has announced that it is pulling out of the Irish market.

In a statement on its website, the company says it has no choice but to make the decision and is doing so with great regret. The move is expected to result in the loss of around 300 jobs, most of them in Fermoy, Co Cork. BUPA’s 500,000 customers have been told they will be covered for the duration of their existing contracts, but these contracts will not be renewed once they expire. The company had warned that it would leave the Ireland market after the High Court’s recent decision to uphold the risk-equalisation scheme.

In essence, the Irish High Court ruling meant BUPA would have had to pay compensation to the State-owned VHI because of its younger client base. The company claimed the move would force it to hand over €161m to its rival over three years, even though its profits for the period would be just €64m.

I can understand BUPA’s refusal to fund the State but it is all a very sorry affair. Wonder what ATW’s southern readers reckon????