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Don't mention the genocide
on 24 October 2012
Its instructive that not one of the reviews here mentions the word 'Ireland' In impressively short order Cromwell put half the population of a country to the sword.
Without the aid of machines or chemicals and with explicit instruction not to spare women, children or infants in their cots, he orchestrated mass killing of civilians on a scale that was and is unique in these islands. Those who he wiped out died not because of anything they had done, but simply because of who they were.
This butchery of a people is the central fact of Cromwell's life. Unlike the reviewers here, and the authors of most books about Cromwell published in England, Cromwell himself did not seek to cover up his actions and was proud of what he had done.
Its interesting that, when confronted, most Cromwell fans are well aware of his genocide. Its not ignorance, its more that it just doesn't matter that much. It doesn't matter because the people he killed didn't matter and still don't matter in the minds of those who adulate him.
Its sad that those prejudices and feelings of superiority blind people, even now, to the suffering and pitiless slaughter Cromwell inflicted on his innocent victims.