Thursday, March 17, 2011

A Saint Patrick's Day for Libya

As the UN Security Council mulls a resolution authorizing a No-Fly Zone and “other measures” for Libya, and as Qaddafi presses the attack against rebels in both the East and West of Libya, I am reminded of Pearse’s words from The Rebel:
And I say to my people’s masters: Beware
Beware of the thing that is coming, beware of the risen people
Who shall take what ye would not give.
Did ye think to conquer the people, or that law is stronger than life,
And than men’s desire to be free?
We will try it out with you ye that have harried and held,
Ye that have bullied and bribed.
Tyrants… hypocrites… liars!
Pearse was executed in the wake of the Easter Rising some 95 years ago.

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