Young Irelander wonders if there is any form of website that promotes the issue of Irish participation in the two world wars.
This is a serious subject, and one I have personal experience of. My great grand uncle, Owen Clerkin, was killed near the Somme valley on the 15th of September 1916. This was towards the end of the Somme campaign. He was a private in the Irish Guards and died at the age of 26. He is buried at Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval, France. In 2000 I visited his grave, and was on of his first relatives to go there. It was an emotional experience, as are all of the Great War memorials in Belgium and France, many of which I have visited. There is something about the Great War that is different, something about the sheer waste that makes my perception of it different to other wars.
And all credit to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, they are a great source of information. Details of my relative are here.
Details of the area he saw battle in are here. There is also a photo of the cemetery he is buried in, it is an incredibly well maintained place, as are all CWGC graves. My relative was one of the lucky ones, his body was actually identified and he has his own grave, unlike hundreds of thousands whose names appear on memorials like the Menin Gate in Ypres.
It looks like Israel is getting pretty pissed off.
“This problem should be of concern to the whole world and not just Israel.”
Mr Peres, widely regarded as the father of Israel’s secretive nuclear deterrent, dampened suggestions that Israel was planning pre-emptive strikes against Iran, as hinted by Mr Cheney.
“The party that will decide is the United States,” Mr Peres said.
“If we go it alone, we will remain alone. Everyone knows our potential but we also have to know our limits.
“As long as there is a possibility that the world will organise to fight against Iran’s nuclear option, let the world organise.”
Anyone got odds on Israel striking Iran in 2005?
Late last year I wrote a post about rumours circulating concerning Condi Rices’ sexuality. Some more people recently added comments including:
Condoleeza has a wife in the D.C. area and used to roll with Anita Hill in lesbian haunts.
Comment by Anonymous
Everyone knows that Condoleeza Rice is into girls she is a devout lesbian. Isnt it hypocritaical that Cheneys allegience is to Bush and not his family (lesbian daughter Mary) and Condis allegiance is to Bush (literally) when Condi is out of town shes into pussy. Also Barbara Bush (jr) gws daughter is into girls as well
Comment by whitehouse aid
Barbara Boxer and Howard Dean are the guts of the democratic party now, none of the rest to include Kennedy or Kerry make too many waves anymore Im so dissappointed! well at least Kerry disapproved of Rice
.but seems most of the democrats now are all milktoast
Comment by observer
Not that there is anything wrong with being a lesbian.
Google are working to try and curtail comment spam. Much of the weblog software out there will support the new rule.
What bugs me is that over the last 3 days I have recorded about 1000 spam comments that don’t even include a web address. Just random email addresses from different IPs, making inane comments about how good the weblog is. How do I blacklist that?
I am taking a short break –
Dick has the story on the blog party – an enjoyable night nonetheless!
I have returned to the blogosphere, more soon.
Hope to see you all there – I should get there for about 5pm…
A fellow blogger has lost a friend – nothing I can add.
Posts will be light over the coming days…and should return to normal after the blog do on Saturday!