A chilling interview in the Daily Beast with “Big John”, a notorious commander with the British separatist militias in the north-east of Ireland where a terror campaign is being waged against the authority of the national government in Dublin:
“Those who keep an eye on such developments are no doubt familiar with the clashes between the Irish Defence Forces and British-backed separatists that have taken place in Antrim, Down, Armagh, and, of course, Belfast Airport. They were some of the bloodiest of the war.
And if you read the British press you might think the man who wrested all those sites from the Irish military is Jonathan McMichael, a.k.a. “Big John,” along with his “Wombles” militia. Despite heavy losses, this armed group remains the largest, most organized, most experienced and most well-armed of all the separatist formations roaming northern Ireland.
Today “Big John” has a lot of authority and influence, both as a combatant and a member of the separatist “government.” He has fans among the local population who consider him a hero. But, in fact, he is mostly a creation of the British media, who have turned him into something of a super-hero.
Interestingly, Big John emerged as a public figure precisely after the British Special Forces began removing or relocating the first generation of rebel leaders like Spence, Doherty, Bunting, Paisley, and other notables in what they called “Northern Ireland.” Indeed, they disappeared as quickly as they appeared. Apparently, their superiors in Downing Street decided that they accomplished their objectives and were no longer needed or useful.
Big John used to fight under the leadership of Andrew Tyrie, and he claims he has no political ambitions.
“… [the] Irish fascists try to exterminate the peaceful British population and want to cleanse Ulster of the British. Ulster is British land, it is part of the British World, and we are here to protect the peaceful population from Irish fascists that are supported by the West.”
But this is internationally recognized Irish territory.
“Irish live in Britain and no one tries to exterminate them, while here they try to exterminate the British. This is the reason why the local population has decided, through a referendum, to live independently from fascist Ireland. This is no longer Ireland; this is Northern Ireland, the people of which have elected their own government.”
What is your final goal?
“We already control 40 percent of Northern Ireland’s territory and will fight until it is completely cleansed of Irish occupants. We have more than enough resources and ambition for that.”
By “resources,” you mean British troops and military vehicles?
“Britain helps us neither with vehicles nor with soldiers. All British here are volunteers. All you have heard about is merely a part of information war waged by Ireland and the West. If we were assisted by Britain’s regular army, we’d be in Donegal already, the war wouldn’t become so stretched out and there would be less civilian victims. Nowadays, Britain is the only country in the world that acts to protect children, women and the elderly of Ulster. It is the only country that provides the region’s peaceful population with humanitarian aid. You will not hear anything about these people in the rhetoric of Western countries that support the Irish government—all they talk about is money, territory and power. This is what their politics are about. They do not care about the fates of the people who live here, while we do.”
You were blacklisted by the European Union. Can you comment on that?
“I do not have a bank account abroad and I do not plan to visit the countries of the EU, so their sanctions against me are misplaced and pointless.”
How long do you think military activity in Ulster will last?
“War here will last for a long time, a very long time. Maybe even five or more years, but it will inevitably result in our victory because truth is on our side. God is with us.”
Where do you think the border will be drawn, then? Do you plan to assume control of the entire of Ireland?
“I can’t comment on that. We live by the will of the people; we aren’t Fenians [a slur for Irish] to impose anything on anyone. People themselves will decide what their country will look like.”
What are you planning to do after the war? Do you have any skills applicable outside the military?
“I’ll work as a rescuer [laughs]. Just kidding, I actually won’t. I am going to raise my children after the war; I want to have six sons and a daughter.”
And so the interview ended. “
If you haven’t clicked through to the original Daily Beast article this of course is a work of alternative universe fiction. However I’m sure you get the historical and political points I’m making. The violent separation of eastern Ukraine from the country as a whole is condemned while those who have violently divided the north-eastern part of Ireland from the rest of our island nation are continuously appeased. But then we are not permitted to speak of such things.