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    in London ,if he was worse than saddam hussain?

    Did the English government attempt ethnic cleansing in Ireland?

    Yes...

    * The massacres at Drogheda and Wexford in 1649 rank among the worst in British history

    * Non-combatants were killed, and priests tortured, as examples to terrify the Irish nation

    * The slaughters were followed by forced expulsions on a mass scale
    Cromwell's forces ordered Irish Catholics to move to live west of the Shannon river only. The alternative to this forced mass population transfer was clear. The Irish were told "To Hell or to Connaught!" It was the greatest act of ethnic cleansing in the British Isles since the Norman Conquest. By the end of 1656 four fifths of the Irish land was in Protestant hands. When Catholics fought back, in guerrilla groups numbering some 30,000 Cromwell's generals forcibly evicted civilians who were thought to be helping the resisters and systematically burned the area's crops and killed all livestock. Famine followed, exacerbated by bubonic plague. Three years on, a fifth of the population had died.


    To Hell, Connaught, or Barbados

    Though little has been discussed about them, thousands of Irish men, women, and children, were captured or arrested and shipped to the Caribbean as slaves. Because they did not factor into Oliver Cromwell's new plan of government, these people were gathered and shipped off, with no dignity, to work as slaves in the island plantations of the Caribbean. Their influence is left in those places, in the street names, the towns names, and in any local phone book. But, their stories have not been told.

    (Photo is of Montserrat which is known as the 'Emerald Isle' of the Caribbean.)
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    Gtfo!!!!
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    Cos he was in charge during the Interregnum?
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    Is this a genuine question, or is it just being used to make a point?
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    why is this thread only about the irish as if they were the only ones to suffer at the hands of cromwell?
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    (Original post by necessarily benevolent)
    Is this a genuine question, or is it just being used to make a point?
    no its copied from another irish thread.
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    Look who was in power at the time of Cromwell's death: his son, along with the New Cromwellians, a.k.a people who looked up to him. Perhaps rightly so. Drogheda and Wexford were, arguably, not Cromwell's fault. You also have to respect the fact that he was an inspirational military leader, and (I believe) a political leader with honest intentions. He was also more religiously tolerant than most rulers, readmitting the Jews into England for example.

    But like I say, look who was in power at the time, then consider that fact that during Charles II's reign Cromwell's body was dug up and hanged.
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    Is this a genuine question, or is it just being used to make a point?
    The OP has previous form, and this thread seems no better thought out than the others.
 
 
 
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