Originally posted by Mynaeris
Secondly, Ireland would be near the bottom of my list of countries wanting to discuss terrorism and the consequences thereof. [edit on 28-6-2004 by
Just curious, were you aware that the IRA recieved significant amounts of funding from the US, particularly areas with a large Irish American
population, such as Boston and Chicago.
Yes, I am aware that most political leaders, and indeed, more trivial celebs get a preview of the questions. Most of them, however, understand how
interviews work and how to go about answering questions during one.
After the question relating to the dead US soldiers, Bush responded that 'no-one feels worse about their deaths than me' or something of that ilk.
He then left a sufficient pause that it seemed his answer was complete, and so the interviewer moves on to her next question, only to be told that she
is interrupting. That pause may be a rhetorical technique which works during speeches, but it is utterly innapropriate for an interview. That was
foolish, if not disrespectful.
And Kosmo, your attitude is precisely the reason we have such a vast range of problems. It is what Howard Bloom has termed the Lucifer Principle, the
tendency for individuals to define their group as human, and the others as inhuman. You may not go that far, instead allocating a value to the human-
Americans top, rest of the world human but significantly less important. I would far rather define the group I belong to as the human population,
rather than the fraction of it which is any one nation, identity gtroup or political persuasion.
And yes, you helped out, but in the first world war, only after three years of war had devastated the European economy, leaving the US in a vastly
strengthened position, and in the second world war, only after you had been attacked, and had allowed Hitler and the Nazis two years to sweep through
Europe and sent various ethnicities to the death camps. At the time, your presidents grandfather was busy trading with the Nazis, so lets not try to
take the moral highground. Thanks for what help you offered, but it was always pragmatically the best thing for you to do, and so there is no reason
Europe ought to act on any other criteria.
And please, I amnot against the US population, I just have serious problems with the US state, indeed, any state, including my own, and your attitude
that as long as we're all right the rest of you can f**k off got me quite riled up.