History does not always reveal its alternatives but implies rather what might have been.Not too many years ago, at the beginning of the 20th century in 1906, the last great caravan of 20,000 camels started on its yearly trip along the Great Salt Road in Africa, about eleven years after my Irish grandparents arrived in America.In history, courage was the god of war, called valour by many historians.War was won by valour and was seen as the supreme high adventure. Century followed century and glittering visions faded before the somber realities of history."In Ireland, we are brave enough and courageous enough to have a second referendum," said Ms Mc Guinness, referring to the country's second referendum on the Lisbon Treaty."When we put the question first and we believe that the debate is not full then we go back to people and say 'look, here is much clearer information, our circumstances have changed, we'll put the question again on a number of issues.' "That is brave politics to do that," the Fine Gael MEP told the Press Association.
War was an aristocratic trade, and military glory reserved for nobles and princes.
She added: "Because the UK has not had that tradition and hasn't had the debate about Europe in the way we have, I think they are less able to do that.
"So, because of that, it means we have to be prepared for the UK leaving the EU." Ms Mc Guinness also said she was concerned that Theresa May has so far failed to show "how she will deliver on her commitments to the (Northern Ireland) peace process and, more importantly, not returning to borders of the past." "The clock (on Brexit negotiations) is ticking.
Great armies in their pride and splendor were defeated by starvation, pestilence and filth, valour being sacrificed to stupidity, gallantry to corruption.
Many times throughout our family's European history one or all of the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse were turned loose on mankind, governments and aristocrats believing to the end that valour was the lock on the gate. Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on and Hades was following close behind him." To understand our family's history, mere facts can never be enough as you will reprocess what you read through the mills of your imagination.