Michael Collins … or Hitler?

photo of Michael Collins

Michael Collins

photo Nazi Germany crowd giving seig heil salute

Nazi Germany

 

But in history, as in travelling, men usually see only what they already had in their own minds; and few learn much from history, who do not bring much with them to its study.

– John Stuart Mill


T
he book’s Epilogue compares Collins, and his fate, with that of a notorious contemporary. Following are some excerpts:

Yes, Michael Collins and Adolf Hitler: just about exact contemporaries. Let’s consider these two, side by side. Let’s examine their ideas, their plans and vision, as set forth in their writings…

No one could plead ignorance as to what Hitler intended to do. He never made any secret of it. The war and the concentration camps and the mass genocide were all there in black and white, for the world to read at their leisure, in his bestseller “Mein Kampf“. And he did exactly what he said he would do…

The one assassinated in his prime; arguably with the collusion of the British regime…The other patronized, coddled and enabled by London, to the devastation of Britain’s neighbours and allies on the Continent … Until the viper they’d nursed in their breast turned on themselves…

The loss of life and property in the Nazi bombardment of London was one of the worst military catastrophes in English history; dwarfing by comparison all the casualties and damage attributable to Irish insurgency in a hundred years.

So much for conventional wisdom of the powers that be. What was really dangerous, and what was good, for British interests?

A secure, united, egalitarian Ireland next door? Or friendly fascists on the Continent?”

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Anyone feel a disturbing sense of déjà vu here?

Does history indeed repeat itself?

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The Assassination of Michael Collins:
What Happened At Béal na mBláth?”
by S M Sigerson

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Revolution and democracy

Painting of the taking of the Bastille in 1789

The taking of the Bastille prison 1789

In honour of Bastille Day, some excerpts from the book examine the nature of modern republican revolutions, and the states they’ve give birth to.

 

“The debate is over: Statistics show that modern democracies, governed on principles of universal human / civil rights, the rule of law and separation of powers, are the most successful form of government. Such republics tend to be more prosperous and more stable than autocracies. Countries where the public has a powerful voice in decision-making are dramatically less likely to go to war, or to deteriorate into anarchy. Such stability fosters more flourishing trade, health, industry, learning and generally enhanced cultural and economic development, over longer sustained periods.

 

“The larger picture of republican revolutions in world history is very much a work in progress. We, the natives of modern Western democracies are the living products of that political maelstrom: the ending of which has yet to be written. What John Stuart Mill called the great modern social and spiritual transition. In this greater ongoing process, Ireland is indubitably a success story, not a failure.

 

I may not get there with you. But we, as a people, are going to make it to the Promised Land. 

– Martin Luther King (on the eve of his assassination)

 

“The leaders of great revolutionary struggles often do not live to see the fulfilment of their own handiwork. That is an occupational hazard. One which they all accept at the very outset. One which Collins, judging from his own words on the subject, was thoroughly prepared for every day.

 

“All great leaders of this kind take on a very old system: an ancient imperialist war and political machine, oiled by centuries’ experience in putting down popular revolutions. And in eliminating great popular leaders.”

 

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What Happened At Béal na mBláth?”
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What did Nelson Mandela and Michael Collins have in common?

 

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

 

(The following is an excerpt from the new book

“The Assassination of Michael Collins:
What Happened At Béal na mBláth?”
by SM Sigerson)

“Ireland’s independence was not achieved by a letter-writing campaign. . . . What do these popular leaders, so far separated by time and place, have in common?  What was similar about their lives and deaths and struggles?

Consider also Emiliano Zapata (assassinated en route to peace negotiations); Augusto Sandino (assassinated under cover of peace negotiations); Che Guevara (eased out by former comrades as the revolution consolidated victory); Mahatma Ghandi, Salvador Allende, Martin Luther King, the Kennedies, Patrice Lamumba . . . The list goes on.
Why would and why do such gifted people sacrifice themselves for the common good? . . .

“The larger picture of republican revolutions in world history is very much a work in progress.  We, the natives of modern Western democracies are the living products of that political maelstrom: the ending of which has yet to be written.  What John Stuart Mill called the great modern social and spiritual transition.  In this greater ongoing process, Ireland is indubitably a success story . . .

“. . . Statistics show that modern democracies, governed on principles of universal human / civil rights, the rule of law and separation of powers, are the most successful form of government.   Such republics tend to be more prosperous and more stable than autocracies.  Countries where the public has a powerful voice in decision-making are dramatically less likely to go to war, or to deteriorate into anarchy.  Such stability fosters more flourishing trade, health, industry, learning and generally enhanced cultural and economic development, over longer sustained periods.”

Paperback or Kindle edition here: 
www.amazon.com/dp/1493784714