Thursday, May 25, 2006
Any lessons from Montenegro?
From an Ulster unionist point of view there are a number of points worthy of comment.
Firstly, the demise of Yugoslavia yet again shows the impossibility of artificial states accommodating competing nationalities. If the hope of Irish nationalism is a unified state on the island of Ireland with 49.9% of the voters of its six north-eastern counties rejecting that state and all its trappings how long before this Eire Nua goes the same way as Czechoslovakia et al? Of course, within the present boundaries of Northern Ireland there is a destabilising competing nationalism. If Montenegro can leave Yugoslavia why can't, say, South Armagh leave the UK? While we're at it lets blow the bridges over the Foyle and trim Fermanagh around the edges. As for Tyrone ...
Then we come to the question of legitimacy of the newly independent state. The EU demanded any pro independence vote would require a 55% majority before it was recognised. Any views on this from our Nationalist readers?
And finally, viability. The new state will have less that 700,000 citizens but size, it seems, is no longer any barrier to independence. The EU is now peppered by shire-sized nations from the Baltic via Central Europe to the Balkans. Do Irish Nationalists really think that should Northern Ireland ever be absorbed into an Irish republic Ulster unionists would be happy to be the only people in Europe without a state? Palestinians we ain't.
the idea of "micro" states for all the native peoples of europe is exciting, but requires good neighbours and a mutual respect for respective civil societies and social structures. unlikly, i feel, for ireland.
the true path to nationhood lies not in the delagations of higher powers on the world stage, but (sadly) in guns money and babies.
Oh what fun we could have, inclusive denigration of others sorrow.
Wise up, people are people, the way you guys so casually display your hatred, disguised as humour is sickening.
Aye. Those Connemara concentration camps were great craic. Damn political correctness put paid to that bit of fun though...
your rabid victim mentality must be making you delearious...
the fact that the 3 counties (in which good UVF regiments were raised) were lost to us, is no ones fault but our own and our subserviance to englands pragmatisim.
Hmm. One would have thought you were the one with the, er, "rabid victim mentality" given your first comment on this thread.
I can safely say that I've never been "delearious" in my life! Es una palabra espanol porque no lo reconozco??