Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Sean Russell memorial vandalised

I wouldn't normally condone any form of vandalism, but I have a degree of sympathy with Dubliners railing against a monument to a Nazi collaborator being re-erected in their midst.

Gombeen Man has a rather good post describing why this memorial is so unpopular amongst the public down south. A substantial constituency does not want to be reminded of "the IRA man who colluded with fellow nationalist fanatic Hitler".

5 comments:

Kloot said...

Remove it. No need for it. Not worth remembering

Concubhar said...

What Sean Russell did in 1940 is one thing, what Orangmen do wearing nazi tattoos 50 years later, when there's full knowledge of what heinous acts the Nazis were involved in is another. I saw the Orangeman, a Portadown Orangeman, in a Channel 4 documentary, 12 Days In July, about the annual Drumcree parade to commemorate the Somme. It's odd to me that links between the Orange Order and unsavoury and, it seems to me, unBritish organisations who venerate the Nazis. And what about the involvement of Edward VIII with the Nazis....

There's a lot of wilful ignorance of the complete history of the WWII period.

Chekov said...

Concubhar,

Sean Russell is the topic of the post. I've no knowledge of this Orangeman to whom you refer, nor have I ever heard it alleged that the Order has links to Nazi sympathising organisations. So I'll have to plead ignorance on that one.

Edward VIII in contrast has been subject to any number of books and lurid documentaries speculating on his predilections. Likewise other figures thought guilty either of sympathising or even appeasement have been subject to scrutiny and censure. There's no statue of William Joyce in London.

Gary said...

Concubhar - text book "whataboutery" mate. Nice.

Kloot said...

vandals have hit again http://www.independent.ie/national-news/ira-statue-daubed-with-swastikas-1846082.html