The earliest victims of Western European imperialism were other Europeans. Some 800 years ago, Ireland became the first colony of what later became known as the British empire. A part of Ireland still remains under British occupation.
To this day, the English stereotype the Irish as drunken losers, a notion that goes back to Elizabethan times. As a matter of fact, the BBC series I am watching now, House of Cards, has a character, an addled charmer of an Irishman named Roger O'Neill, who is a drunk and a cocaine addict, victimized by the stone-hearted anti-hero Urquhart.
It is nice to reflect that we have an Irish president!
Happy St. Patrick's Day, everyone, and don't overindulge now!