I have to admit that even I have been keeping an eye on the referendum,
but I have some mixed feelings.
It saddens me >that >so many of the US correspondents on this list react
by an immediate>re-run
>of the sterile and stale "oh yes you did / oh no you didn't" exchanges
>got us into this mess in the first place.
And it would probably sicken you to know that a good deal of newsprint
has been spilt as of late about who should be taking credit on this side
of the water (at least inside the Beltway). It seems that the Clinon PR
machine has been trying to make as much hay out of this as possible, with
an eye towards the next election when Al tries his hand.
>Both the UK and the Republic of Ireland are quite sophisticated modern
>societies, working within another quite sophisticated entity, the
Here's ths stu[pid question of the week: is a referendum really the best
way to go in the first place? If I understand the points of the
agreement, there seems to be an awful lot going in a bunch of different
directions, with no real focus on resolution. Seems like so much
emphasis went into trying to please everyone, that in the end, no one
will be pleased at all. Of course, being a medievalist, i'd _have_ to
see the document first.
Of everything that it is trying to do, IMHO, the best thing is in
alienating the terrorists from any legitimacy--if the thing actually
bears some fruit, it would be a nice example of how diplomacy can work
more change than bombs. That is, of course, that the interested parties
don't become disillusioned with the results--ie having too high
We did, actually, leave the mud huts behind us a year or
Ahh! But such fascinating huts!
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