Re: US Tragedy

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    >From: "Christopher Walker" <>
    >To: "memetics" <>
    >Subject: Re: US Tragedy
    >Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2001 00:32:15 +0100
    >Scott Chase wrote:
    >Yes Britain has had more than its fair share of terrorism to deal with and
    >y'all might be hardened by this. Fingers may be pointed at the US about how
    >our foreign policy decisions may have played a major role in the generation
    >of terrorism, whether our friendship with Israel or our dealings with
    >rebels. The UK may see parallels in how they've dealt with the +ACI-Irish
    >problem+ACI- and +ACI-the Troubles+ACI-.
    >The actions of the IRA militants are deplorable, but
    >Part of the British (and Irish) experience is the result of funding by
    >Noraid, which (unlike Osama bin Laden) is US based and 'registered and
    >recognised by the US Government in good standing'. Like al-Qaida, the
    >Provisional IRA has been (and the Real IRA continues to be) a terrorist
    >Notwithstanding that 'but'.
    Granted that aid to the Provos or whomever may unfortunately be coming from
    our shores. I'm not legitimizing anything for which either wing (Provo or
    Original) of the IRA or Sinn Fein may stand. Peaceful reform is the only way
    to go. Too bad the civil rights movement in Northern Ireland went sour in
    the 60's.

    I'm wondering how this mess fits into the context of the history between
    British and Irish as in the bad treatment Irish may have endured over the
    years and more recently how the Catholics may have been discriminated
    against and gerrymandered in Northern Ireland and how much better
    Protestants such as Orangemen and UVF look when compared to the IRA or Sinn
    Fein, however loyal to the crown they may be. Educate an ignorant Yank on
    the history of the Troubles.

    And what of the stories of people such as Gerry Conlon? All I'm going on are
    memories of that movie "In the Name of the Father". How long were he and his
    dad (Giuseppe?)in prison and did they belong there?

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