American terrorists

July 2, 2013


An Evening With Bob DylanThere were outside attacks on Canada in the 1800s. They came out of America. They were called the Fenian Raids. Although not sanctioned by the American government they were allowed to  happen. The Fenians were Irish Americans who fought for the independence of Ireland and the overthrow of British forces everywhere in the world.The Fenians were not just a gang of cutthroats.

The Fenians now split into two factions. The original faction led by Fenian founders James Stephens and John O’Mahony focused more on fundraising for rebels in Ireland. The more militant “senate faction” led by William R. Roberts believed that even a marginally successful invasion of the Province of Canada or other parts of British North America would provide them with leverage in their efforts. After the failure of the April attempt to raid New Brunswick, which had been blessed by O’Mahony, the senate faction implemented their own plan for invading Canada. Drafted by the senate “Secretary for War” General T. W. Sweeny, a distinguished former Union Army officer, the plan called for multiple invasions at points in Canada West (now southern Ontario) and Canada East (now southern Quebec) intended to cut Canada West off from Canada East and possible British reinforcements from there. Key to the plan was a diversionary attack at Fort Erie from Buffalo, New York, meant to draw troops away from Toronto in a feigned strike at the nearby Welland Canal system. This would be the only Fenian attack, other than the Quebec raid several days later, that would be launched in June 1866.

Approximately 1000 to 1,300 Fenians crossed the Niagara River in the first 14 hours of June 1 under Colonel John O’Neill.[3] Sabotaged by Fenians in its crew, the U.S. Navy’s side-wheel gunboat USS Michigan did not begin intercepting Fenian reinforcements until 2:15 p.m. — fourteen hours after Owen Starr’s advance party had crossed the river ahead of O’Neill’s main force.

They sound a lot like the Taliban.

( I am Irish Catholic.)

One Response to “American terrorists”

  1. And the Americans in that instance sound much like the Pakistani defense forces

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