Wednesday, August 17, 2005


'What If'? Wednesday - Bombing aftermath

Quite alot of people took issue with me yesterday over my post on Irish neutrality when I suggested that for alot of Irish people, the "tradition of neutrality" is rather a tradition of burying our head in the sand. Cowardice, for lack of a better term.

Following on from that, I'd like to put this question to readers - what if Ireland was to be targeted by Islamic terrorists? What would the aftermath be?

I read over on Most Sincerely Folks about a headline in the Irish Mirror which warned that Ireland will be the next country targeted by terrorists. I had been told about this headline by someone yesterday. Normally I would take what that paper says with a pinch of salt but it got me thinking, what would the response be to such an attack in this country?

I regret to say that I imagine for most people, as was the case with the Spanish people, the result would be one of cowardice in the extreme.

Oh we would be inundated with the big mouths on TV lambasting Ahern for allowing Shannon airport to be used by the US military! The tree-huggers would quickly descend from the confines of their home in Mother Nature's bosom to come on our national TV screens denouncing our disgraceful actions in the War on Terror! And, sadly, the majority of fools in this country would lap it all up.

Rather than show a strong and resolute resolve like our friends across the Irish Sea, instead we would show the cowardly streak that curses so many of our foolish people and we would show the world the infamous Irish trait of tearing into ourselves, rather than putting on a fierce and fighting front which is what our nation is really all about

As I've said before on United Irelander, in the war on terror, neutrality is not an option. We must fight and we must win! Our allies are the Brits, the Americans, the Aussies and the other countries who have shown the balls to stand up to these terrorists who seek to blow up innocents, decapitate hostages, and spit on democracy in their efforts to disrupt our way of life. If we are attacked, we must not show cowardice. Rather we should evoke the fighting spirit that makes us who we are.

As far as I'm concerned, it shouldn't take a bomb to awaken us to this reality. We must see it now. The terrorists oppose us! Not because of that damn airport, but because of our ideals! Freedom! Democracy! Equality! Justice! These are the things which makes us a part of the West and, thus, their enemy! These people cannot be reasoned with. They cannot be calmed. We're dealing with people who want to destroy us and our friends. We cannot allow this.

I say it's time we got back to our roots and started showing what it's really like to be Irish! Being Irish isn't about running away, it's about standing up for what you believe in. If we are to be attacked, we must not forget this! A great Irishman named James Connolly summed it up better than I ever could:

"If you strike at, imprison, or kill us, out of our prisons or graves, we will evoke a spirit that will thwart you, and perhaps, raise a force that will destroy you! We defy you! Do your worst!"


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