As Vincent Brown pointed out in last weeks Sunday Business Post, John Redmond sent thousands of Irish men to their deaths to defend one of the worst criminal regimes in the history of the world. King Leopold 2 of Belgium turned the whole of the Congo region - an area as big as all Europe to Moscow, into one massive death camp. In the craze for rubber the Belgians would go into an African village, kidnap the women and force the men to go out serching for rubber before they could get their loved ones back. While in captivity the Belgian soldiers would gang rape the pretty young girls. Belgian soldiers forced African young men to kill or rape their own mothers and sisters. Villages which refused to co-operate were simply exterminated as a lesson to other villages. The black soldiers who were issued ammunition where forced to return one human hand as evidence that they used the bullets on killing Africans and not hunting game. Often, the soldiers would simply cut a hand off living people to make up for bullets. Its estimated that the Belgian terror took ten million lives. This is only a brief example of the catalog of horror. Joseph Conrad is thought to have based his Kurtz character on a head hunting Belgian officer called Léon Rom in the Congo. He liked to decorate his gardens with the heads of his African victims. Adam Hochschild fills over 300 pages of his book "King Leopold's Ghost" with a catalog of horror from the Belgian Congo.
All this was known, thanks to the work of Roger Casement, among others, at the time that John Redmond was peddling the lie that Irish people should give their lives to defend "Little Catholic Belgium." How sick that so many Irish peole died to defend what could never be defended. And how sick that some today try to present their wasted lives as something we should be proud of. The Irish soldiers of the British Army were victims of Imperialism, just as much as those ten million Africans butchered by Leopold 2 and his henchmen.