Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s book the “The Gulag Archipelago” did much to discredit Stalin's legacy. George Kennan, quoted in the Economist Issue of Aug 7th 2008 , called his account of Stalin’s terror, “the most powerful single indictment of a political regime ever to be levied in modern times”. Soviet citizens, interested in what was being done in their name, had to read Solzhenitsyn's missive surreptitiously, and at speed.
Bruce Arnold has now written “The Irish Gulag: How the State Betrayed its Innocent Children”. There is no need to read it in secret. To quote Mannix Flynn in the Irish Independent “He chronicles how the State encouraged this process and incarcerated generations of children, condemning them to inhumane torture and slavery – and how they were stripped of any rights whatsoever. My question is this: How are we, the Irish people, going to ensure that insofar as possible, the facilitators of this atrocity are brought to book and the historical legacy updated to truly reflect how state policy contributed to the scale of the state-sponsored oppression?
I would ask that the thread not degenerate into another anti-Catholic debate. Degenerate as many of their members were, the couldn't have operated freely without the support, overt and covert, of the state. Successive governments have tried, so far, so successfully, to divert attention away from state responsibility and state culpability. I say enough! It is time to get political accountability for what happened. I want to see state and party officials in the dock and in jail.