RE: Why Europe is so Contrary

From: Grant Callaghan (
Date: Mon 18 Nov 2002 - 17:09:19 GMT

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    > Attacking Iraq on the back of 9/11 is a bit like the UK attacking
    >the US on the back of the Omagh bombing, although that would have more
    >legitimacy given the very overt fundraising for the IRA that has gone on in
    >the US for decades. Of course one big difference is that one of these
    >situations involves attacking a nation with weapons of mass destruction
    >it has used against multiple nations in the past- guess which one I mean.
    > Vincent

    I often see people on the UKan side of the pond refer to the fact that a large number of people fled Ireland to come to the U.S. a couple of generations ago and their descendants now number among their population people who support the IRA. Ever since the early days of the immigration from Ireland we've had those who wear the 'green' as opposed to those who wear the 'orange' or another color on St. Patrick's day. The IRA supporters here in the U.S. are individuals responding to a history of trouble between England and Ireland. It is NOT a plot by the American government against Great Britain. To imply that it is and to equate personal feelings with national policy is disengenuous to say the least. We have just as many or more people in the U.S. who deplore the terrorism of the IRA as we have people who support them and feel that they serve a righteous cause. The government has not only tried to mediate between the two sides, from Presidents of the U.S. to a Senate Majority Leader named Mitchell, but we have jailed and sent back to England IRA members who came here seeking funds from supporters in this country or who fled jail in the U.K.

    As a man who is deploring sweeping generalizations, you seem to be falling into your own trap. Is that YOUR petard I see you dangling from?



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