Duirt: Sharon Smith Hurlburt <[log in to unmask]>
->Why do you feel this _isn't_ an appropriate forum? Aren't politics
->part of culture?
->who thinks maybe the Sinn Fein guy just can't type too well?
Yes, of course. And yes, I do agree that the interminable rasmblings on
red hair were getting a bit tedious.
However, the subject of "the troubles" is very complex. Last weekend's
Sunday Independent (the Dublin one not the London one) had about four
pages of well-written comment from a very wide range of opinion. All of
it was thoughtful and thought-provoking.
If honest, the main reason I feel that discussion of the problem is
inappropriate to the list is that past experience has proved the
shallowness of the thinking likely to be (and already?) expressed.
Simplistic "Brits out" sloganising is deeply offensive to almost anyone
who has tried to study the problem, especially those of us who are
English and have a genuine love of Ireland's country, language and
I unsubscribed from the "sister" CELTIC-L list because it became
dominated by those who clearly believed that anyone who liked Irish
traditional music must automatically (a) support the IRA; (b) drink only
Guinness; (c) paint themselves green on St Patrick's Day and parade
round with a shamrock stuck up their arse.
I find this caricature hateful, and I am sure anyone Irish would agree.
However the caricature of the "evil English" is promulgated by many of
those same people.
By all means let us have a rational discussion of the issue - but
without slogans and caricatures.
I assure you I deplore what Cromwell did - but I didn't vote for the
Sla/n agus beannacht
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