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Thread #2053   Message #706604
Posted By: paddymac
08-May-02 - 07:44 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Fields of Athenry
Subject: RE: Fields of Athenry
From George Seto's, 07 May 02: "It is about poor innocent people and how they are victims of natural disasters."

The song is about poor and innocent people alright, but there was nothing "natural" about the disaster that was visited upon them. It was instead the result of deliberate policies of the British government rooted in economics, classism and racism/ethnicity. In short, it was an act of deliberate genocide, not a natural disaster.