Bloodletting Celebrated: Patrick Pearse — Tyranny Unmasked

Tyranny Unmasked, Patrick Pearse

Bloodshed is a cleansing and sanctifying thing, and the nation which regards it as the final horror has lost its manhood.

Source: Patrick Pearse, Irish cultural nationalist who founded the secret oath bound society The Irish Republican Brotherhood, dedicated to the violent overthrow of British rule (violence believed to be the only option). He along with socialist radicals such as James Connolly orchestrated the 1916 Easter Rising in which 650 people died and over 2,500 were injured in this unpopular revolt. Pearse, Connolly and 14 others were later executed by the British government for their roles in the uprising.