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I'm sure the British government owes me a fortune, at this point as someone who comes from a family that is Irish, Welsh, Scottish, and Scots-Irish.  Man, I bet that could add up to tens of trillions of dollars.

Then again, my Catholic and Protestant ancestors were killing each other, so, at some point, I might end up suing myself.  And my German ancestors killed my Celtic ancestors.  It just gets to be too much of a headache.

If someone wouldn't mind phoning the House of Commons for me, let them know I'll settle for a couple million pounds (NOT DOLLARS!!!!  This money's got to last!).

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Fri Dec 9th, 2005 at 09:37:45 PM EST
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Considering Ireland ended up kicking Britain's butt after WWI and signing a treaty with it, there is a case that Ireland already had redress from the potato famine and however long a laundry list of grievances you care to bring up.

As far as Drew's ancestors, they were actually allowed to immigrate into a prosperous, democratic country and make a decent living for themselves and their descendants.

Plus, Ireland recognizes (and if not it did last time I heard) the right of grandchildren of emigrants to get Irish citizenship. So even the Irish who emigrated to the US between the two world wars (again, being allowed into a free country to make a living for themselves) escaping poverty in rural Ireland (viz. Frank Mc Court) have not lost their original citizenship.

Now tell me again how stateless third-generation refugee-camp dwellers of today are in any way comparable to the people of the British Isles...?

(Similar arguments apply to the Huguenots, the Pilgrims...)

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Dec 10th, 2005 at 11:40:02 AM EST
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