objectivity and national pride
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19 March 2003
Letters to the Editor
The Arizona Republic
PO BOX 2244
Phoenix AZ 85002
Tony Matheny wrote ("Irish and not even a wee bit proud", 3/17/03, page B8),
"Right, I'm not the least bit proud to be Irish. The killing of women and
children over unresolved issues is barbaric."
Killing people, even those not directly involved, over unresolved issues,
is certainly not confined to any specific nationality, and is to be expected,
particularly when the issues are life-and-death or freedom-and-slavery.
Given the wrongs we have suffered, we have, if anything, been extraordinarilly
restrained. In the past few years with this useless cease-fire, I would say
far too restrained. We never sent the Brits in chains to Barbados and
Jamaica. We never exported their grain while they starved. We never drove
the Ulster Protestants off their lands in the name of religion but really
for exploitation. A few bombed buildings is very small payback indeed for
such grave wrongs, far less than other nationalities have dished out. Indeed,
had we shown half the zeal of the Palestineans, there's no doubt that the
British Army wouldn't dare set foot in Ulster again.
If anything we need to show our pride and assert ourselves more. Let us show
Mr. Blair that if he goes to war in Iraq, he'll come back to find a fire
burning in Ulster and in Number Ten. Let us show Mr. Bush that we know
what it's like to experience what he's been doing to the Iraqis and the
Palestineans, and that we will act in solidarity and that 9/11 will look like
minor acts of vandalism when we're through with him and his vile imperialist
government! If there's a time to show pride and objectivity, it is now.
Steady with your aim of the petrol bomb!