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This Is An Essay About Oliver Cromwell. The Topic Was:Should Cromwell Be Condemned For His Actions At Drogheda?

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In this essay I will try to solve the question should Cromwell be condemned for his action is Drogheda? It was quite obvious Cromwell did not like the Irish because of the Ulster killings in 1641 he said "you, unprovoked, put the English to the most unheard of and most barbarous massacre (without sex or age) that ever the sun beheld". He believed the Irish should be punished for this. He got his revenge with the Drogheda massacre. Cromwell and his armies nearly killed 3,000 people including not just the soldiers, also many women and children. The rules of war were that the attacking commander had to order the town to surrender. If they did he would ...view middle of the document...

After Drogheda there was another massacre at Wexford. Cromwell did not order this but did not stop it either, it seemed that the death of Irish families did not matter to him; this was probably because he was angry about the Ulster killings. He also didn't make distinctions between common folk and soldiers he even said the families who were killed had been "made with their bloods to answer for the cruelties which they had exercised upon the lives of poor Protestants".There are very many ways of looking at this argument, you could say that Cromwell was only doing a good job as a military commander and if he had spared the lives of people at Drogheda, other towns would not have surrendered and there would have just been more bloodshed.You could also say that Cromwell's actions could not be justified in any because one of his main reasons for the massacre was revenge; he also killed many innocent civilians even though they probably were not involved in the Ulster killings, and that if they had been the Scots not the Irish he probably would have spared them.I personally think there it is easy to sit here and judge Cromwell's actions and say he could have done this better and he could have stopped the bloodshed, but the truth is for his time he did the right thing, it's easily said that he should not have killed the civilians but if you were in his position and had lost many friends at the Ulster killing you two would have been angry. After the Irish at Drogheda failed to surrender, you probably would not have been prepared, to give them an easy time either.

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