Natalie Solent

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Saturday, December 09, 2006
 
No surrender - ne pasaran is a new blog by Tom Carew.

As he sought to put down his thoughts as to why he wanted to blog, the ghosts crowded in. Read it here. Some excerpts:

I used a traditional Hebrew phrase in my URl - "safra ve'saifa", which means " a man of the book and a man of the sword". I spotted it in a comment by veteran Israeli political leader, Simon Peres about the Dublin-reared 6th President of Medinat Israel, Maj-Gen Chaim Herzog ...

Not only do I greatly admire the life and thinking of this many-sided man, his story is also typical of the best of the Irish tradition - he wore 5 uniforms, but all in the service of freedom and democracy.

Another hero is the oft-ignored Irishman among the first crew to fly the Atlantic against the prevailing winds, from East to West ...Col. James Fitzmaurice, their co-pilot and navigator, along with 2 Germans, in the "Bremen".

Like Herzog, Fitz wore many uniforms. National Volunteers, British Army [a volunteer in WW I], Royal Air Force, and finally Irish Air Corps from 1922.

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RUC Constable Collins wore the same dark bottle-green uniform which my own Great-grandfather wore when he came South from North Armagh in the Royal Irish Constabulary, to County Kilkenny in the SE of Ireland. I treasure his prayer-book, dated 1890, from his service at Bennettsbridge Baracks, Co Kilkenny.

I'm going to stop there, but Tom Carew goes on to meditate on many different men and women who have borne the name "Collins", and on the Irish Diaspora and finally on jihad.

The author has mostly concentrated on You Tube clips. And well chosen ones - this told me something about how Osama Bin Laden's character might have been formed - but I would welcome more of his writing.