George Orwell wrote:
"One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship."Revolution is a mentality, not an actuality. W.B. Yeats wrote:
"Hurrah for revolution and cannon come again, The beggars have changed places but the lash goes on."It was explained like this:
"Yeats cynically dismisses armed revolutions as merely perpetuating cycles of oppression. The new ruling class then oppresses the others with the same vehemence with which it was once oppressed."Yeats also said:
"Parnell came down the road, he said to a cheering man: Ireland shall get her freedom and you will still break stone."
Kevin O’Higgins the Irish Minister for Justice was assassinated by IRA for signing death warrants of 77 republicans during the Civil War. An Phoblacht described O’Higgins as “one of the most blood-guilty Irishmen of our generation”.
Examples of revolutions include the French Revolution — largely orchestrated by the bourgeoisie (middle class professionals) against the nobility, and the Russian Revolution — in which socialist urban workers ultimately triumphed. In both cases, the winners viciously persecuted the vanquished, and ruthlessly dominated.
The Algerian FLN went on to impose a military dictatorship on Algeria vastly more repressive and blood thirsty than the French colonial regime ever was. It continued to persecute ethnic minorities like the Berbers. And more to the point, it ethnically cleansed Algeria of Jews – the vast majority of whom were not only indigenous but belonged to a community that pre-dated Islam in Algeria.
Read about Fethardism, the religious boycott, in Ireland here.