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Ireland
Are They Still at War with England?
I could not wait to get out of Dublin in my rented little Fiesta, on the wrong side of the road, on the wrong side of the car meeting/traffic going the wrong way. When we finally escaped the city, we found ourselves on largely one-way streets where oncoming traffic, pedestrians, bicyclists, as well as herds of sheep have the right-of-way. One thing I noted was the absence of highway patrols and though there were one or more pubs in every town or village, I saw no drunk drivers or drunk Irishmen, though the Irish are noted for their penchant for the drink.

I finally found out the reason for this. The English, who have throughout the years kept the Irish a Subject Nation, knew their fondness for the drink. So in order to keep them sober and subservient, they removed the alcohol from their favorite brew Guiness (I think they also took the scotch out of their Scotch Whiskey and the Irish out of their Irish whiskey). At this moment, I am probably the only Irishman who is aware of this deception.

I remember chiding an Irish civilian (although Ireland was officially neutral while across the strait was being saturated with German bombs), " I don't see how you can refuse your next door neighbor at least the use of your seaports." His response "You Yanks won your War of Independence from the Brits 200 years ago. We are still fighting ours, and if we gave them an inch they would take back the whole island."

Maybe because Ireland was neutral, our American Forces had a safe haven in Northern Ireland (for which I am thankful). Although to be on the safe side, we did have anti-aircraft batteries stationed around us as well as “dim-outs’ on our camp and traffic. And, when one of our pilots had to bail out over the sea shore, an Irish crew took him out of the "drink" and transported him back to our lines in a potato wagon. And, I know not how many Irish men and women crossed over and fought with the English, which reminds me of two American draft-dodgers, Murphy and Durham. Murphy and Durham went over to the English and Canadian Air Force—later joining our 95th Fighter Squadron in Ireland. Having already been involved in the "Battle of Britain," these two pilots were the only ones of our group who had previous combat experience when we engaged the enemy.


Printed in the Comanche Chief newspaper, August 01, 2002