Monday, August 30, 2010

The Saint Patrick's Battalion in the Mexican-American War

Elena Maria Vidal has an informative post about those "soldiers of St. Patrick who put faith ahead of politics, at great cost to themselves" — Los San Patricios. "Many Irishmen were quick to see that higher loyalties should prevail, and they joined the Mexican side." There's even a "movie about the San Patricios with Tom Berenger."

Interesting that the Catholic Patrick J. Buchanan should have used these same as a counter-argument in his State of Emergency: The Third World Invasion and Conquest of America. Of course, he's right, even if we allow that the Saint Patrick's Battalion were as well.

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Blogger Dauvit Balfour said...

The Chieftains did an album about this recently, mostly traditional Mexican music with a lot of Irish instrumentation and guest artists (including Ry Cooder). I quite enjoy it.

2:48 AM  
Blogger elena maria vidal said...

Thank you for the link!

8:03 AM  

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