Sunday, April 8, 2007
Tomorrow is Easter Monday and the 91st anniversary of the Easter Rising in Dublin, which eventually brought forth an independent Irish state. In the words of the balladier,
"Oh the bravest fell, and the requiem bell rang mournfully and clear
For those who died that Eastertide in the springing of the year
And the world did gaze, in deep amaze, at those fearless men, but few
Who bore the fight that freedom's light might shine through the foggy dew."
As with the Russian revolutions, I doubt the Irish rebels would have had an opportunity to launch this campaign without the reality of a grinding, costly and all-consuming struggle on the western front...they hit the British government at a moment of maximum vulnerability. No Great War, no Communist Russia, and likely no Irish Republic, either, at least not so soon into the 20th century.