This clip from the fantastic Ken Loach movie, The Wind That Shakes The Barley, highlights the debates and arguments that took place towards the end of the Tan War in Ireland in 1921.
Although it may seem that the topics have been stylized, it should be accepted that such heated arguments did in fact occur. Such were the divisions that existed at the time among the Irish forces, that a civil War was fought between the Republicans who refused to bow to British colonial pressure, and the Free Staters who capitulated and joined with the British forces to slaughter their former comrades.
It will be seen today that Free Stateism was wrong in its approach. Free Stateism was, and is, an ideology based on treachery and selfishness. Agreeing to the partition of Ireland was the single greatest act of treachery committed by one group of Irish people upon another group of Irish people.
The Free Staters of then, bestowed a legacy of oppression, Apartheid, persecution, death and destruction upon the Nationalist people of the Occupied Six Counties. The repercussions of that betrayal by Free Staters are still being felt across the Occupied Territories today.
Please note the position of the Catholic Church, as accurately shown in this clip. The Church was never a friend of the regular Irish people, and always sided with the colonial authorities when allowed to do so. What has really changed?