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GUEST,Willie-O songs wanted (6) RE: songs wanted 19 Apr 01

The context of the 1916 Easter Rebellion was that it was a precursor to the somewhat inevitable recognition of Ireland as an independent nation, and enjoyed popular support there despite the disastrous immediate outcome. (And didn't seek to achieve its objectives by killing innocent English civilians going about their business at home.) Its strategic effect was that the "David and Goliath" nature of the action was likely to inspire the mythmakers, poets and songwriters which would galvanize the nation; this indeed occurred, and although it was at the cost of a lot of blood spilled, Ireland had its independent stature within a decade.

Compare this to a splinter group of fanatics who "place a time bomb outside on the public sidewalk and run away", apparently because they don't want the history of terrible conflict in Northern Ireland to be brought to a peceful negotiated conclusion. There's not a lot of poetic potential in that.


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