The Irish Potato Famine: A Divine/Human Near Genocide

As I said, I'm Irish. I can trace my roots from my father through to my great great grandfather, who immigrated to America during the potato famine of 1845-1852. According to the Wikipedia:
During the famine approximately 1 million people died and a million more emigrated from Ireland, causing the island's population to fall by between 20% and 25%. The proximate cause of famine was a potato disease commonly known as potato blight. Although blight ravaged potato crops throughout Europe during the 1840s, the impact and human cost in Ireland – where one-third of the population was entirely dependent on the potato for food – was exacerbated by a host of political, ethnic, religious, social and economic factors which remain the subject of historical debate. LINK.
First to be blamed is God himself, after all, he allowed the famine. Based on this fact alone I don't see why any Irish person would ever love such a divine being. If any other lover was that abusive the love affair would be over forever. If God had wanted to remain a hidden God, all he had to do was grow the potatoes that the Irish had planted. And no one would be the wiser since nothing would have happened. If nothing else, all God had to do was perform a perpetual miracle here, something that shouldn't be hard for an omnipotent being.

The British government was complicit in this near genocide. The British colonization of Ireland brought a lot of misery and death upon the Irish people, especially during this famine. The British were Protestant. The Irish were Catholic. The British didn't care much about the Irish. Most hated them. A few pundits have claimed, rightly or wrongly, that it was an attempted genocide by inaction on the part of the British government. They only did enough to claim they tried. They eventually set up a soup kitchen where the goal was to produce a soup ration that would help sustain the starving at the bare minimum cost possible per person. Several cooks examined the soup and said it couldn't sustain a cat. All they had to do was to stop the exporting of the crops grown on Irish soil for British consumption. You can read an in-depth online website devoted to it, where we read:
Some studies have also stressed the influence on key policy makers of a particular strain of Protestant evangelicalism, in which the undeniable horrors of the Famine could be interpreted as an example of the terrible but unquestionable workings of God’s providence, operating to root out social and moral evils.
For a book that describes the horrible conditions of the Irish people at the time, read Paddy's Lament, Ireland 1846-1847: Prelude to Hatred.The whole episode is appalling.

Rosie O'Donnell learned her ancestry stretched back into this very era in an NBC episode of "Who Do you Think You Are?:

The segment starts at 11:58 in part 2 of her story:

In part 3 she visits the concentration camp feel of the poor workhouses:

Now for another song, about another injustice by the British:

"The Fields of Athenry"

An Irish folk ballad set during the Great Irish Famine about a fictional man named Michael from near Athenry in Galway who has been sentenced to transportation to Botany Bay, Australia, for stealing food for his starving family.

Sing along now:

“Low lie the fields of Athenry
Where once we watched the small free birds fly
Our love was on the wing
We had dreams and songs to sing
It's so lonely 'round the fields of Athenry.”