Posted by Not American on October 03, 2001 at 16:02:30:
In Reply to: Re: About the Bush administration's handling of the terrorism... posted by Tuars on October 03, 2001 at 08:01:20:
Noone could read the posts on this and related topics and not get a profound sense of the anti-American sentiment in Ireland (or Castlebar at any rate). Most disconcerting for me however, is the fact that this bias seems to cloud people's judgement and focus them only on what the US does wrong, even BEFORE they have done anything. Of course it plays both ways - supporters of the US's right to defend itself/punish the terrorists at times are blind to the fact that there are starving, homeless refugees in Afghanistan as a result of their fear of American reprisals. What's the happy medium? I have no real idea, and I doubt anyone does. We cannot let the events of Sept 11 go unpunished, but we should do our best to avoid punishing the innocent! Shameful fact of life however, is that the innocent are usually the ones who get hurt, no matter what the situation. And, the reason they say it's lonely at the top is that once there you have to make decisions for "the greater good" and based on a broader, longer range view of things. Sometimes that results in killing of innocents, but sometimes there really isn't a choice. I'm not making any judgement about the current scenario, but if you can see the world in black and white then you are a very lucky person, because you've likely never seen how murky things can get.