Term Paper: Ireland Zimbabwe Famine Political Unrest

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Famines and Political Unrest in Ireland

The Irish has developed a strong affinity with United States, and have kept a reluctant and offensive approach towards the British community. The developed affinity between the people has less to do with the role and efforts that United States has offered towards the resolution of the dispute, instead the growing affinity and affiliation is the result of the support and concerns exhibited by the Unites States towards the Irish community during the Great Famine of 1845 to 1849 (James, 2003). The descendents of the Irish community therefore have bitter feelings and reservation towards the British sponsored government much because the people are afraid of betrayal. The Irish government, since then has taken different preventive measures to dilute the concentrated hatred which prevailed among the Irish people for decades. Unfortunately, the gulf which was created during that period resulted in a barricade between the Irish communities and the Irish government due to the misleading approach and deceit practiced by the government. The Irish community has therefore lost faith in their government, and has vowed 'to struggle till their independence' (Kinealy, 1997).

The famine followed by the natural disasters and territorial isolation has influenced the future of the Northern Ireland. The social chaos followed by the aggravation of the public health conditions, staggered serious intercommunity violence which resulted in the 'apparent marginalization of perpetual dissidents' (Seamus, 2002), and the economic and cultural deprivation, the shocks of which are trembling. It is hoped that the sequence of such horrifying occurrences will be rekindle, and the communal and social understanding which has been materialized through referendum will be respected and implemented. The differences between the two communities which resulted in the political unrest were not solely driven by cultural and social misinterpretation, but the famine reflected the bias approach adopted by the different segments of the society towards the bereaved. The civil war in the country initiated because of the prevailing injustice and discrimination experienced by the people during the period of drought, 'the resulting violence had its origins, at least in part, in the local government's inability or unwillingness to deal with that perception', which further engulfed with the unnoticed victimization. The ignorant approach adopted by the governing authority, and their failure to provide support to the isolated communities, resulted in the deep frustration towards the governing authority. The authority missed an opportunity to develop good relations with isolated and deprived communities, but their lack of concern and irresponsible approach created more disruptions in the political, social and cultural framework of the Ireland (Seamus, 2002). The nationalist group therefore emerged and sought justice, and warned to expedite their anti-government activities if the authority failed to address their grievances, which were not only politically motivated but were also driven by the level of frustration reached during the toughest period of their life, when there was no one for their rescue. The nationalist sense of injustice and discrimination prevailed, and the authority kept ignorant approach for the 'resolution of their crisis' (James, 2003). The authority experienced far greater shocks than what the communal people experienced, the writ of the authority was challenged, and the people staged demonstrations and protest, the protest resulted in the disobedience movement, and the even the government experienced crucial jolts in form of violent attacks, political isolation and mounting international pressure. The communities sought justice, and the authority kept ignorant approach towards such demand, therefore it was difficult to formulate confidence building measures aimed at fostering better and improved relations. The reckless approach of the government, and its failure to offer rescue services left horrible memories in the mind of the young people, who launched different attacks on the authority at different intervals (James, 2003). The political collapse initiated only because the authority failed to launch comprehensive rescue mission, and therefore the local communities were more vengeful. The international community tried to mediate, and the government and the communities were approached to settle their dispute through dialogues, but the political settlement was not the only concern to be resolved, there was a growing unrest among the people, and the people reflected their complete distrust towards the government, the people felt that government can never be trusted for protection or any kind of safeguard during the period of natural disaster, which reflected that government was least concern and bothered about the lives of the communities, therefore the political resolution was not a permanent solution between the two groups, but instead the resolution of the problem was based on the dissolution of the governing power so that respective community was assured of autonomy that could be exercised in economic, social, political collapse or in the event of any natural disaster, 'the continuing anxieties and fears on both sides betoken the deep-rooted mutual distrust between the unionist and nationalist communities, their mutual sense of injustice and their concern that only vigilance will ensure justice in the future' (Seamus, 2002).

The growing engulfs between the communal groups and the government was not purely based on their concerns and response during the event of natural disaster. The communities have sacrificed the lives of their relatives and families, and have curtailed their development and progress only to ensure that their rights were fully supplemented, and therefore the spirit to achieve the set points have been extremely concentrated and vigorous. The famine is not the only event that has created the feeling of hatred and prejudice among the survivors, the survivors still recall the loss of their families and relatives at the expense of the ignorance reflected by the government (James, 2003). The famine is just a part of the story, prior to such occurrences the government never took considerable measures to prevent any social, natural and economic disaster, and adopted a snail pace approach for announcement of the funds, and lack a proactive stand and policy to appease the concerns of the opponents and suppressed people of other communities, who perhaps were much strange to the ongoing political battles between the group and only sought protection of life. Surprisingly the Americans in the mean time have enjoyed cordial understanding with the Irish community and even after a century the relations and understanding between the Irish and Americans have fostered, and only this association has in past resulted in some kind of breakthrough between the government and the community. Unfortunately, the government has adhered to its previous policy of discern towards the Irish community, and has therefore lost miserably to sough the lost confidence of the Irish. The United States has offered services for mediation but the non-serious attitude of the Irish government and the Britain itself has warranted the Irish to keep their options of open for the resolution of the demands, and their opened options have much to do with offensive approach and less to do with patience. The Irish community has reflected patience for a very long time, but it has been a failure on the part of the Irish government to develop and 'sought mutual understanding with the local Irish' (James, 2003).

Zimbabwe in the Grip of Political Turmoil due to Famine

The widespread famine has engulfed the agricultural land of the Zimbabwe, and the government of the country failed to taken any precautionary and remedial measures to avert the locals from famine and diseases. The government of the country has received world wide condemnation, although the locals of the country were always reluctant to take strong action in the form of protests and demonstration against the government, much because the government is based on authoritarian system and the 'entire power of the country is vested upon the President' (Peter, 2002). The locals were previously reluctant to stage demonstration against the government because it was feared that they might be killed or attack for staging riots, and might have been jailed for causing deterioration of the law and order condition, therefore fight for rights was interpreted as bigotry and offence. The international condemnation provided a sense of relief to the locals, and they lodged strong protests against the government not for the sake of economic, political and social deprivation, but for leaving thousands of the people in the worst form of famine, without any aid or assistance (Jean, 2000). The international community was forcibly restricted to shorten the domain of their relief activities, and this received widespread condemnation through the country, as a result hundreds were killed and thousands were arrested and were accused of criminal and illegal practices. The famine condition was followed by rising inflation which resulted in high mortality rates across the country, the health system was a complete failure, and the international humanitarian assistance in form of medical and food relief were restricted (Peter, 2002). The locals turned infuriated because of the ongoing sequels, and demonstrations were organized on daily basis. The law and order situation of the country has taken worst form, and the international community has warned of interference if the government does not take remedial measures at earliest to prevent… [END OF PREVIEW]

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