Unfortunate pleasure, The
Blanket, Jan 9th. For the record, Mr O' Naraigh,
I am not an Irish republican, a nationalist, yes.
Reading the truth is never pleasurable. Watching innocent
civilians lose their lives is not pleasurable; not
in Ireland, not in Israel, not in Palestine, not in
Iraq, not in Afghanistan and not in downtown New York.
O' Naraigh should read the letter Shades of Grey,
by Tara Lin, that to me sounds like an American waking
up, unafraid to look past the rhetoric and question
her governments actions, world-wide.
dying in 'terrorist' attacks on American soil is a
direct result of failed foreign policy, buoyed by
complacency on behalf of the American electorate.
I would never cheer, as Mr O' Naraigh suggests, at
the loss of innocent civilians, but I will scream
'bloody murder' at the politicians whose actions bring
evidence suggests that members of the American security
forces and high level government officials knew of
the impending danger (crashing planes into building),
and had known for some time. The fact that they choose
commerce over public safety tells all about who does
and does not care about the loss of innocent civilian
I put terrorist in quotation marks, being Irish and
having lived through and survived several close calls,
I know, one man's terrorist, is another man's freedom
fighter. What set Irish freedom fighters apart from
many other 'terrorists', was a deliberate consistency
to give prior warnings to impending attacks. That
doesn't excuse the loss of innocent lives, but neither
does sending armed Paratroopers to monitor a Peace
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