From The Barnes Review, January/February 2024
Personal From the Editor
HOPING FOR A PEACEFUL MMXXIV
T he two-faced Roman god Janus is once again peeking at us through his mysterious doorway, one visage looking to the past, the other gazing to the future. Janus, for whom January is named, was the god of time and transitions, as well as the god of beginnings and endings—especially of war. When his door was open, war was raging somewhere in the Roman Empire. When it was closed, the empire was at peace.
Today, it seems, his door is always open, the American Empire sending a constant stream of troops and weapons to far-flung spots across the globe. Several years ago I was foolish enough to write an editorial wondering out loud whether human beings were advanced enough to reject war as a solution to international problems. I wasn’t optimistic, but I always like to enter a new year with some bit of hope. I am allowed to hope, right? Looking around the world today, I think I’m conning myself. Humans may never evolve enough to throw aside the very instincts that put us atop the food-chain in the first place.
But, if I am allowed to hope for 2024, then I hope for at least two wars to end. The first is the one ravaging in Palestine. Israel seems determined to cleanse the western Holy Land of all Palestinian Muslims and Christians. As I write this, 20,000 inhabitants (and counting) of far-western Palestine have been killed, the vast majority of the dead being women, children, the elderly and infirm. The Gaza Strip (Gaza), where this is mostly occurring, is that 139-square-mile sliver of land that originally made its claim to fame as an enormous refugee camp for victims fleeing the Nakba. Those who remain in Gaza today do so because they have nowhere to go or they are fighting invaders. But the civilians are sitting ducks. Tens of thousands more will die if a major power does not step in.
I am hoping early in 2024 the United States becomes that power, and works to end this genocide, not abet it. The other war I would like to see end is still being fought in Ukraine. As many as 1 million Ukrainians have been displaced, 500,000 Ukrainians may have died (soldiers and civilians) and several hundred thousand Russian soldiers are thought to have perished. This war is another godawful affair, with ethnic and cultural brothers killing one another with the most sophisticated weapons man has even devised.
Let’s be honest. The U.S. government does not give a rat’s derrière about how many Ukrainians die. All our war-fogged leaders want is to “weaken Russia.” It has failed. Russia is stronger than ever, despite the worst economic sanctions ever imposed on a nation. It is now time for the United States to help end the wars in Ukraine and Palestine—not prolong them—through commonsense diplomacy, not precision missiles and AI-guided assassin drones. We know that is a lot to ask of our leaders, but it is, after all, our tax dollars they are using to pay for every dead Palestinian, Ukrainian or Russian. It’s time the American people speak up and demand no tax dollars go to fund these wars. That’s probably foolish—but you said I could hope. In this issue of TBR, we present you three inspirational stories of Irish history beginning with our lead story on Patrick Pearse, a prominent leader in the Irish freedom movement. The struggles of the Irish remind us of the current plight of the Palestinians (see John Friend’s editorial on page 3), so we also offer a series of thought-provoking, uncensored articles on the events in the Middle East that will get you thinking. That series begins on page 26. —PAUL ANGEL, Executive Editor
The Barnes Review
A JOURNAL OF POLITICALLY INCORRECT HISTORY
JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2024 ❖ VOLUME XXX ❖ NUMBER 1
TABLE OF CONTENTS
PATRICK PEARSE: FORGOTTEN IRISH NATIONALIST
BY MARC ROLAND The Easter Rising, an armed insurrection against British rule in Ireland launched during the week of April 1916, was largely inspired and led by Patrick Pearse. Here is an overview of the life and death of Pearse, one of Ireland’s greatest nationalist leaders.
IRISH HELP WIN THE REVOLUTION BY MIKE MAINS
“The Fighting Irish” played a key yet over- looked role in America’s war of independence from the British Empire. Here is a brief rundown of the important contributions of Irish Americans during the Revolutionary War through the eyes of Phillip Thomas Tucker.
FR. LEONARD FEENEY AND THE ST. BENEDICT CENTER REVISITED PART ONE
BY ANTONIUS J. PATRICK Here is the first part in a two-part series on courageous Catholic dissident Fr. Leonard Feeney. Feeney was a fierce critic of the U.S. alliance with the atheistic Soviet Union and the bombing of Japanese cities. This criticism got Feeney “cancelled.”
WAS THE HAMAS ATTACK REALLY A SURPRISE TO ISRAEL?
BY VAUGHN KLINGENBERG Israel has a long history of staging false- flag attacks to justify military aggression. Here is a perspective on the “surprise” attack launched against Israel by Hamas militants last year from an an astute Mideast observer.
ISLAMIC SCHOLAR INSISTS HAMAS ATTACK NO FLASE FLAG
BY KEVIN BARRETT, PH.D. While many in the alternative media claim Israel was involved in staging or allowing Hamas to attack the Zionist state on October 7, 2023, Dr. Kevin Barrett argues Israel’s defense and intelligence forces are overrated and the Hamas fighters caught the Israelis off-guard.
A CONCISE HISTORICAL TIMELINE OF THE CREATION OF ISRAEL
BY AL JAZEERA In order to comprehend the current conflict in the Middle East, at least a basic historical understanding of the creation of the state of Israel is necessary. That factual historical knowledge is sorely lacking in the broader Western world. Here we rectify that.
ONE ZIONIST ‘FINAL SOLUTION’ FOR UKRAINE & PALESTINE
BY PEPE ESCOBAR As the U.S.-led proxy war against Russia drags on in Ukraine, Israel is attempting to implement its “Final Solution” to the Palestinian problem in the Middle East with the enthusiastic backing of most D.C. politicians. The Global South, however, led by a budding Russia-China alliance, sides with Palestine.
HOLOCAUST REPARATIONS: A HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
BY JOHN WEAR, J.D. How easy is it for “Holocaust survivors” to get reparations? How long have Jewish and/or Zionist groups and individuals been collecting reparations? When will these payments end, and how much has been paid out so far?
NATIONAL SOCIALISM IN AMERICA: FROM 2002 TO THE PRESENT
BY KARL HAEMERS 58 Here is the fourth and final essay in our very popular series dealing with National Socialist-inspired groups and organizations in modern American history.
FRITSCH EXAMINES THE RIDDLE
BY DAVID SKRBINA Originally written in 1923, Theodor Fritsch’s important book The Riddle of the Jews’ Success is back in a brand new volume prepared by TBR’s own Dr. Thomas Dalton. In this book, Fritsch tackles taboo subjects that have as much relevance today as they did when they were first addressed a century ago.