Without wishing to prolong this discussion too long this quote from today's
"At the cow-town coliseum in Fort Worth's stockyards on Saturday night, men
clutching rope in their mouths and swirling lassos over their heads caught
and bound calves from a standing start in less than nine seconds.
It was time to celebrate and cherish what was "noble in the American
spirit", said the compere. He paid tribute to the victims of the shuttle and
September 11 and wished the soldiers well in Iraq all in one breathe to
expresses some of my concerns that this tragedy (and it is a tragedy) will
be used to promote 'American' patriotism and these poor people will be used
as examples of the unselfish sacrifice of Americans (and an Israeli!) who
were serving their countries. Of course this is far from the truth but the
speed of Scot's report about Scotland the Brave made me fear that the
mythologizing had already started.
As to whether or not this is relevant to Celtic-L, I'm not one hundred
percent sure but since Irish soldiers (albeit in the British army), Scottish
and Welsh soldiers have already been sent out to the Gulf region I'm not
sure that it isn't. Perhaps this could open up a discussion on the question
of Celtic mercenaries and their role in history - I understand that Celts
were generally very willing to fight for various parties for money (as were
many different peoples).
For those not in the UK, the Guardian is one of the top national papers in
the UK. It has a slightly left wing stance and most people who vote Labour
(the Government party) would be in sympathy with what it has to say. It is
an old paper (couple of hundred years old). It has a relationship (which I
don't wholy understand) with papers such as Le Monde (in France) and similar
quality papers in other countries - it is a bit like the New York Times only
a bit more serious as a newspaper.
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