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| Irish Holocaust|
an Gorta Mór
|Country||United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland|
|Total deaths||Estimates range from 2 million to 5.16 million|
|Observations||Policy failure, potato blight, Corn Laws, British Anti-Catholicism|
|Relief||Quakers (see below)|
|Impact on demographics||Population fell by 20–25% due to mortality and emigration|
|Consequences|| Permanent change in the country's demographic, political and cultural landscape.|
Near-extinction of the Irish language.
The English government ruled Ireland at the time and only decades earlier, the Rothschild crime family had taken over the English goverment by gambling on its bond market amidst The Battle of Waterloo. The Irish farmers were cottiers (or tenant farmers), forced to rent a cottage and farm on someone else's land and to grow only what someone else wanted to grow so had no choice but to grow potatoes. The rents were extremely high to keep them in extreme poverty so they could not afford even a backyard garden for other crops. Potatoes were not the only crop in Ireland and  during the potato blight, farmers produced enough non-potato food to to feed several times its population including corn, wheat, barley, and beef but it was taken from them by this cottier system, caused by the Judeo-Protestant oligarchy controlling Britain. Ireland starved because the British military robbed its food by force, taking 40 to 70 shiploads per day. Britain robbed from Irish farmers tens of millions of head of livestock, tens of millions of tons of flour, grains, meat, poultry and dairy products-enough to sustain 18-million people, far in excess of Ireland's population--it instead went to sustain England's population and mostly to the British wealthy who would waste it and throw most of it out while the Irish starved. 12,000 British constables reinforced by the British militia, battleships, excise vessels, Coast Guard and by 200,000 British soldiers (100,000 at any given moment) robbed this food at gunpoint. This food was carted away by the British government past the starving millions of men women and children and then taken to the wealthy in England.
During the genocide, over 1 million people died and a million more emigrated from Ireland, a white-on-white genocide not seen again until Eisenhower's death camps. The systematic starvation of the Irish people caused the island's population to fall by between 20% and 25%. Thomas Gallagher estimates 2 million died from the starvation. Writer Chris Fogarty, however, places the numbers “murdered at approximately 5.16 million because there is evidence that the British faked the 1841 census to underestimate the real Irish population of over 12 million. He calculated a total population reduction of about 6 million with about 1 million emigrating”, which is a higher death toll than the lower estimate of 5.1 million by kosher-approved historians (historians that Europe says is legal to cite) for Jewish casualties during World War II. A later engineered famine, The Holodomor, was 16.5 million.
For a century leading up to the genocide, the English government ruled Ireland and the Irish people had no rights. They could not own land, vote, hold political office, obtain education, live in certain areas, or have a profession other than things like farming. By the time the potato blight began, these restrictions had lessened but not much. The English government also for centuries had been kidnapping the Irish people and sending them off as slaves where they were treated far worse than any black slaves because during that time the average life expectancy of a white person who went into Subsaharan Africa was 11 months, dying from disease, predators, and hostile natives. So black slaves were bought and the selling rate was about 6 times the rate of an Irishman. During colonial times in the USA, it was common to see slaves with red hair in the Americas. The Irish lived as serfs on lands that they farmed while land owners and middle men collected rent. Those who could not pay were thrown into debtor's prison.
Centuries before The Irish Holocaust, from 1649 to 1652, the British government destroyed one-third of the population of Ireland. William Petty, an English historian wrote, "660,000 Irish people were killed." and "Twenty thousand Irish boys and girls also were sold into slavery to the West Indies. The Irish peasant farmers that survived were forced to pay rent to their usurpers. Once prosperous home grown industries were also destroyed because they “competed with British factories." Britain's parliament reacted to Oliver Cromwell’s crime against humanity in Ireland by simply passing a law that made this ethnic cleansing legal. It stated, "The House doth approve the execution done at Drogheda, as an act both of justice to them and mercy to others who may be warned by it."
At the Battle of the Boyne on July 12, 1690 William of Orange won control of England. This brought renewed disaster with more of the British government robbing the Irish people of their land followed and the adoption into law of the notorious "Penal Laws" in the late 1690s with, "The law does not presume any such person to exist as an Irish Roman Catholic."
As a result of years of exploitation, the Irish survived as tenant farmers (or cottiers) and were never far from economic disaster. This system was basically like sharecropping in the United States, but much worse because the Irish were forced to exist on a single crop: the potato.
Why the potato blight happened
Much like today's resistance to Cultural Marxism and Globalism, back then nationalists occasionally staged rebellions against British rule but they failed. In 1845, when Irish nationalist aspirations were at their lowest ebb, the potato crop was became diseased. The disease turned the potato into a foul slime, much like if you leave potatoes in a warm, wet environment with little air; they will rot and stink.
The potato blight broke out in the United States spreading around North Carolina, Philadelphia, New York, Illinois, Virginia, and eventually to Nova Scotia and Ontario in Canada. It crossed the Atlantic Ocean with a shipment of seed potatoes for Belgian farmers in 1845. It then spread around the north hemisphere for years, but nobody ever starved from it. No one was forcibly starving the people in other countries but Ireland.
The potato blight broke out because with too many people growing potatoes close together in a moist area so a disease broke out and killed the crops. Oatmeal (the food staple of Scotland) and rice can be stored for a long period safely, but potatoes are moist and go bad quickly, which makes it easy to get a disease started. England had an excessive, reckless potato dependency and the nation was far over-populated compared to its food supply (although it's nothing compared to Europe now that imports all the entire Third World in and has no room anymore at all but keeps importing people and has to import a lot of its food).
When the blight happened, the British wealthy decided to simply demand the Irish produce as many potatoes as they could to the exclusion of other food. And not only this, but they increased the quota of potatoes partly for profit and partly to exterminate the people of Ireland.
It's often brought up that Ireland was right by the sea so people could go fishing. However if a million people all go to the coastline and fish, all the nearby fish will be snatched up and soon go extinct. Not only that, but the British soldiers brought warships and would seize fish from Irish fishermen as soon as they were caught. Britain brought 12,000 British constables reinforced by the British militia, battleships, excise vessels, Coast Guard and by 200,000 British soldiers (100,000 at any given moment) robbed this food at gunpoint. And if they see someone fishing instead of trying to farm potatoes, they'd arrest them and turn them into slave labor.
The Irish only had three options:
- Starve on their farms, while selling their grain crops to pay their rent.
- Report to the Public Works or the Poor Law workhouses to be worked/starved to death (as the Soviets did to the inmates of their gulags).
- Emigrate and take the 50/50 chance of surviving the passage across the Atlantic.
The bulk of the English were not doing this to the Irish. During the Victorian era, most English were poor (described well by Charles Dickens) and to them life was so awful that being a thief was considered an honorable profession.
Ireland's Catholic Church hierarchy could have stopped the genocide but they knowingly allowed it to happen.
Queen Victoria's economist, Nassau Senior, said the genocide "will not kill more than one million Irish in 1848 and that will scarcely be enough to do much good." When an eye-witness urged a stop to the genocide-in-progress, Charles Trevelyan responded to him, "We must not complain of what we really want to obtain." Trevelyan pretended that all reports of starvation were exaggerated until 1847; afterwhich he then claimed the dying had ended and refused entry to the American food relief ship Sorciére.
British Coastguard Inspector-General, Sir James Dombrain, tried to give free food to the starving Irish people. Trevelyan publicly rebuked Dombrain for this.
Thomas Carlyle, influential British essayist, wrote, "Ireland is like a half-starved rat that crosses the path of an elephant. What must the elephant do? Squelch it - by heavens - squelch it." "Total Annihilation;" suggested The Times leader of September 2, 1846. Then in 1848, the newspaper's editorialists made comments like, "A Celt will soon be as rare on the banks of the Shannon as the red man on the banks of Manhattan."
The immortal Society of Friends (or Quakers) did all in their power to save lives with food prepared in foreign aid. But in 1847 they gave up after learning that the British Crown planned to perpetuate the genocide's pretext; the British claim of "ownership" of Irish land. Quakers refused to facilitate the genocide by pretending (as Concern does the African genocides) it was an act of nature.
In the 1870s, after the potato blight had ending, British laws were enacted allowing the Irish to buy back the land of which Britain had robbed them. The British extracted from Irish farmers a huge, twice-yearly payment until the British claimed the Irish paid that "debt" off in the 1970s.
Lack of recognition
This intentional genocide is often called by the euphemism "potato famine" to lie about the fact that the Irish people had enough non-potato food but it was taken from them by force and they were forced to grow potatoes at gunpoint which had a disease.
In 1996, Francis A. Boyle, a law professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, wrote a report commissioned by the New York-based Irish Famine/Genocide Committee, which concluded that the British government deliberately pursued a race and ethnicity-based policy aimed at destroying the group commonly known as the Irish people and that the policy of mass starvation amounted to genocide per the Hague convention of 1948. On the strength of Boyle's report, the US state of New Jersey included the famine in the "Holocaust and Genocide Curriculum" at the secondary tier. The subsequent row influenced the effort by New York to create a human rights curriculum in which lessons learned from the Irish Holocaust remain relevant to genocide and famine in the modern world.
Another genocide plan in the 1980s
Documents declassified at the National Archives in Kew, West London in 2015, found that Britain had planned another Holocaust of the Irish people in the 1980s. It was limited to Northern Ireland because at that time, Britain only ruled some of it due to the Irish people revolting for their freedom. Northern Ireland today has a population of 1.8 million people and in 1983 it had about 1.5 million. In 1983, English civil servants planned to import 5.5 million people from Hong Kong and put them all in Northern Ireland. The immigrants would be given full welfare and have everything paid for while the Irish people there would be crowded out and die. Article 2c of the Genocide Convention defines an aspect of genocide as, “Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part.” People who hate white people or just hate Irish people have been trying to pass this off as a joke just like how they passed off millions of British soldiers robbing the Irish people of food at gunpoint as a natural disaster.
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