User Preferences

  • Language - en | ga
  • text size >>
  • make this your indymedia front page make this your indymedia front page

Blog Feeds

forward

The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link THIS BLOG HAS MOVED TO A NEW LOCATION VINEYARDSAKER:

offsite link Good news out of Russia - even the "non-system" opposition refuses to blame the Kremlin VINEYARDSAKER:

offsite link Nemtsov murder: Putin warned about exactly this type of "false flag" two years ago VINEYARDSAKER:

offsite link DPR PM Zakharchenko presser 27/02/15 Economical and political future of DPR VINEYARDSAKER:

offsite link Breaking news: FALSE FLAG IN MOSCOW! VINEYARDSAKER:

The Saker >>

Human Rights in Ireland
www.humanrights.ie

offsite link Human Rights and Social Movements: the Right2Water case Fri May 22, 2015 12:13 | Ntina Tzouvala

offsite link The Embodied Subject: Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments Project Thu May 21, 2015 13:47 | Aoife O'Donoghue

offsite link O?Conaill on the ?Logic? of ?No? #marref Thu May 21, 2015 10:17 | GuestPost

offsite link ACJRD Criminal Justice Essay Competition 2015 Thu May 21, 2015 09:00 | Yvonne Daly

offsite link This referendum is about more than same-sex marriage for those of us who are calling for a Yes? Thu May 21, 2015 08:33 | admin

Human Rights in Ireland >>

Cedar Lounge
For lefties too stubborn to quit

offsite link Referendum Results Thread: ?Decisive if not indeed a Landslide? 10:03 Sat May 23, 2015 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link This Weekend I?ll Mostly Be Listening to? Clannad, Dúlamán 00:55 Sat May 23, 2015 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Well, that?s that! Given turn out, any predictions? 22:27 Fri May 22, 2015 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Almost more important than anything else (almost!)? today is World Goth Day 19:09 Fri May 22, 2015 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Jeremiah O?Donovan Ross ? September 10, 1831 ? June 29, 1915 17:16 Fri May 22, 2015 | WorldbyStorm

Cedar Lounge >>

Dublin Opinion
Life should be full of strangeness, like a rich painting

offsite link THE WRATH OF KANE: BANKING CRISES AND POLITICAL POWER 09:32 Fri Jan 30, 2015

offsite link ALWAYS THE ARTISTS: WEEK THREE OF THE BANK INQUIRY 23:11 Thu Jan 22, 2015

offsite link FIANNA FÁIL AND THE BANK INQUIRY : SOME INITIAL OBSERVATIONS 21:04 Mon Jan 12, 2015

offsite link PETER NYBERG BANK INQUIRY EVIDENCE, 17 DECEMBER 2014 18:05 Sun Dec 28, 2014

offsite link For Some Vicious Mole of Nature: Making Sense of The Irish Bank Crisis 21:07 Fri Dec 26, 2014

Dublin Opinion >>

International - Event Notice
Friday May 23 2014
07:30 PM

BOOK LAUNCHES

category international | history and heritage | event notice author Tuesday May 13, 2014 13:58author by JACK LANE - ATHOL BOOKS Report this post to the editors

Friday 23 May 2014 7:30 pm Belfast Unemployed Resource Centre 45/47 Donegall Street BT1 2FG

1. The Great Fraud of 1914-18
How Britain engineered a World War to destroy Germany.
By Dr. Pat Walsh

2. The Catholic Predicament in Northern Ireland
Volume One: Catastrophe 1914-1968
By Dr. Pat walsh


How the Northern Catholics who supported Britain's Great War and who made a great
'blood sacrifice' for it found themselves victims of a Great Fraud. And how they not only
got Partition but much, much worse – they got 'Northern Ireland'.
Author: Dr Pat Walsh
Chair: Mark Langhammer
Athol Books

author by John Kellypublication date Sun Aug 03, 2014 22:26Report this post to the editors

I was reading this but it got mislaid. I have ordered another but cannot recall seeing a list of sources.

There is an extract in it from a book written circa 1930 re Arthur Balfour's comments in 1909 but no index of sources.

If I am right in this is it not a serious deficit in the work?

Can anyone please clarify?

Regards,

John Kelly.

author by Stasiapublication date Mon Aug 04, 2014 20:30Report this post to the editors

Balfour:
“We are probably fools not to find a reason for declaring war on Germany before she builds too many ships and takes away our trade.”
White:
“You are a very high-minded man in private life. How can you possibly contemplate anything so politically immoral as provoking a war against a harmless nation which has as good a right to a navy as you have? If you wish to compete with German trade, work harder.”
Balfour:
“That would mean lowering our standard of living. Perhaps it would be simpler for us to have a war.”
White:
“I am shocked that you of all men should enunciate such principles.”
Balfour:
“Is it a question of right or wrong? Maybe it is just a question of keeping our supremacy.”


Source:
Thirty Years Of American Diplomacy, by Henry White and Allan Nevins, 1930.)

See http://www.politics.ie/forum/history/228652-true-causes....html post #119

See also:
http://www.politics.ie/forum/history/228652-true-causes....html post #219

author by Rational Ecologistpublication date Mon Aug 18, 2014 09:39Report this post to the editors

The truth is always more complex and nuanced than some people would want us o believe, and that is very much true in the case of the 1914-18 war. I have read extensively on the topic and definitely come down on the side of all parties sharing the blame. Balfour's comments betray a certain attitude; however, there is no point in attributing too much weight to his words.
The origins of the war are too complex to reduce to Britain's warmongering. It is my belief that the conditions for war had origimated with Wilhelm 2 getting rid of Bismarck and the colonial competition that developed in the late 19th century, combined with the decline of the Ottoman empire; the stresses in Austria/Hungary; the rise of pan-Serbian nationalism, the naval race between Britain and Germany, the triple entente(Russia, Britain, France), the commitment to protect Belgium; the fear of a powerful Russia......................... I could go on.
Simple answers serve a simple mentality. Britain has blood on its hand; however, it is in very good company.

 
© 2001-2015 Independent Media Centre Ireland. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by Independent Media Centre Ireland. Disclaimer | Privacy