Yes, the Irish famine did occur, but it didn’t need to. On this coming St. Patrick’s day when everyone celebrates the glory of the Irish, I felt it necessary to help spread the real story of the Irish famine of the mid-1800’s. In 1847 alone, 400,000 Irish died and a total of almost 1,500,000 died due to starvation (not to mention the 2,000,000 or so that emigrated to North America), but it wasn’t due to a shortage of food. Yes, there was a potato blight that damaged much of the crop but there was plenty of food produced in Ireland to support the population. The famine was brought about by the British and their supporters who from 1845-1847 took 26 million bushels of corn, 257k sheep, 481k pigs, 186k Ox, 10k cattle, 4k horses, 1 million gallons of butter, 1.7m gallons of grain alcohol, and 4k ships of peas, beans, rabbits, salmon, honey and potatoes from Ireland to British ports. The forced starvation of the Irish was a culmination of several hundred years of effort by the British to wipeout the Irish, starting with Oliver Cromwell–the Hitler of Britain. Cromwell started this well-documented genocide effort in the mid-1600’s. The Irish are not fully innocent in this debacle as some middle-class and wealthy Irish made loads of money exporting the goods to British even while their kinsman were dying. The Irish famine was avoidable but this type of genocide and class warfare still occurs in our “civilized” society today. Why else would the richest nation in the world have millions of homeless people starving on the streets? Instead of raising our beer glasses this St. Patrick’s Day we should lower our heads in shame for humankind’s history of treating so many living creatures, now and in the past, so poorly due to our greed.
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