Ireland: A Futile Search for Peace Argumentative Essay by johnnyoutsmart

Ireland: A Futile Search for Peace
A comprehensive history of the Irish-English conflict and a reflection of what the future holds.
# 58280 | 3,212 words | 11 sources | MLA | 2004 | GB
Published on May 05, 2005 in Ethnic Studies (Conflict) , Ethnic Studies (European) , History (British) , English (Argument)

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The history of the Irish struggle for independence from British rule is a very violent one in which countless people on both sides died. It is also an extremely complicated struggle that appears to have two different interpretations. This paper shows that one of these interpretations argues that the Irish conflict is not over independence from the British, but is an ethnic civil war between Ireland's Protestants and its Catholics. As they make arguments that are in favor of this interpretation, several British governments have claimed that the British presence in Ireland is essential for peace, security, and order. The paper shows that the second interpretation argues that the Irish conflict is a war of independence over British domination, with only a minority of Irish Protestants opposing that independence and supporting a British presence. The paper shows, however, that the reality is simpler. Even though Britain has attempted to violently colonize Ireland for 900 years, the majority of the Irish people reject the British presence in their country. A long history of failing peace agreements illustrates that the Irish will not settle for anything less than full independence in exchange for peace. The refusal of the Irish people to compromise over the issue of complete independence and sovereignty has led to the collapse of several peace treaties and appears to be presently threatening the Good Friday Agreement, which once held such great promise for peace.

From the Paper:

"The fact that the Irish people will not settle for any peace treaty that compromises the issue of complete sovereignty is supported by a review of 900 years of Irish struggle in which the citizens showed that they were willing to sacrifice their own lives, without a thought, for the future of their country, and their complete rejection of several peace treaties, with the most significant being the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921. The evidence of history definitely points towards the failure of Good Friday if it attempts to compromise over sovereignty and independence, or delay them any further. However, given Britain's justified concern over the future of the Protestant Irish and the possibility of ethnic persecution, it is very likely that there will be delays until the British are satisfied that the Irish people have resolved their inner conflicts and can work together as one people and citizens of one country."

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