determination and freedom from British oppression.The old IRA was nothing like the one today, they were unified by the cause to Ireland a nation. It was only after the treaty they became a terrorist organisation.
As an Englishman of Scottish and Irish descent, I say Ireland and the other former colonies earned their independence.
Thats a good one mate. Ireland was pretty much equal to Scotland and Wales in the UK at this time. Some terrorists just got butthurt during WW1 and decided to break away. They were terrorists the whole time. Killing anyone that disagreed. The other colonies should have stayed with the UK. Why you may ask? Lets take a quick look at nations that were formed by Britain. The United States and India. These broke away by the process of plenty of blood being spilled for a "democratic" idea. The nations that broke away violently from the UK usually end up becoming shit sometime in the future. The US is falling of the world scale. We incarcerate,spy and suck dry our populace. Our economy is in shambles and its ok to say the sun is setting on the American Empire. Lets not get started on India and how bad that is. People are living below the poverty level and their sacred river gives so many people aids and cancerous diseases. Hospitals,Churches and institutions built by the British are in disarray and they cannot do anything for themselves. The same goes for African nations. This may sound racist but bear with me. People in Africa cannot rule for themselves. They are the richest continent on the fucking planet with resources and opportunities and it is all wasted. During the colonial era these resources were used well. The Colonists built hospitals,parks,churches and universities and our textbooks portray imperialism as this evil disgusting foe? Give me a break. The British Empire was the greatest thing to happen to the world since the roman empire. Admit it. You know well sir.
The empire was a mistake and should never have occurred. When Ireland was forced into the union, the British government made several attempts to wipe out the local language and identity. In 1845, a disease spread through the country and killed off a lot of potatoes, which was a staple food source at the time. Hundreds of thousands died of starvation and many more were driven from the land, and do you know what the British did about it? Next to nothing. During the war for independence, the British sent in the Black and Tans to combat the IRA (the Irish Brotherhood at the time) and safeguard the citizens of Ireland. Instead they became notorious for harassing the population, my grandmother told me how they used to arrest anyone who even looked slightly suspicious, fire through the windows and under the doorstep, burn down homes and murder suspects in public. In 1920, after Michael Collins and his colleagues assassinated the Cairo Gang, the British Army shot dead 14 fourteen people while watching a football game in Croke Park. The event became known as Bloody Sunday and sparked outrage across Ireland and even in England, from that moment on, the Irish people never trusted that British government to rule over them. Discrimination didn't stop there though, when my grandparents moved to England, they were met with signs posted on windows reading "No Dogs. No Catholics. No Irish. etc." and work was incredibly difficult to find because of their Hibernian heritage.
While it is true that India today isn't up to standards with other developing countries, I will always defend their right to self-determination and Gandhi's methods used to gain their independence. Gandhi himself didn't hate England or anyone else, he even served in the Medical Corps during the Boer War. He always said that as human being it is our utmost duty to oppose evil, in all shapes and forms. Despite all the hardships he faced such as being arrested by the Viceroy and threats made by the Raj, he managed to rally an entire nation (three if you count Pakistan and Bangladesh) and free it from brutality without firing a bullet. As for the atrocities in India, the British there committed the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre, possibly the bloodiest in British imperial history. It was an act so horrifying, even Churchill himself condemned it.
Many African states are poorly governed to this day, that is still no excuse to beat a nation into submission. Cecil Rhodes invaded South Africa without consent of the Queen and took land which had been claimed by the Boers, starting the Second Boer War. The British introduced the concentration camp by rounding up civilians of Boer and Dutch origin and forced them to live in squalid conditions, many died of disease and mistreatment.
As for America, your economy isn't the only one that's suffering right now, things aren't so good here either. The colonials were often badly governed by the British as well, introducing taxes and laws they didn't want such as the tea tax (I assume you know what that led to). The Continental Army was driven by the ambition for home rule in America and freedom to decide their own fate.
I strongly believe that the best people to rule a nation are the very people who live within them. While I still love my country, England and I am forever loyal to the crown, I cannot defend the horrors that our wretched empire brought upon the world and left many situations unresolved today. But I have seen the benefits the old colonies have reaped from ruling themselves, Ireland had the Celtic Tiger in the 90's and 00's and their economy gained huge profits, today they have even surpassed the UK in the HDI. India is slowly becoming a major power in South Asia and has even recently begun it's own space program. Australia has become one of the best places to live in the world, and New Zealand is a world exporter. Canada is one of the most equal nations in the world, and of the largest financial sectors today. The US speaks for itself, even though I don't agree with it's foreign policy, I do appreciate the fact that it has become what it its today through it's own will and strength.
Scotland has yet to regain control of it's destiny this year, and once you seize it, there is no knowing what can be achieved.