Posted by Sheila on December 29, 2001 at 16:35:20:
In Reply to: To debate, After 9/11, do irish think of irish americans the same? posted by al on December 29, 2001 at 05:41:36:
I live in America and have a different spin. In past posts by me I have addressed anti-American sentiment by some , an overall sentiment that has been present long before Sep. 11 .When Sep. 11 occured my family and I were in contact with a family( Irish natives ,living in Ireland ) on that day. Their view was one of tremendous concern and saddness , and wondering like us in America what happens next , and they were so supportive of us and the American people, and told us about the "Day Of Mourning" which was huge , such an amzing gesture by the people of Ireland. Via the web during this time I read as much I could get my hands on in the Irish Newspapers and I did not ever have the perception America was protrayed as "Monsters" , what struck me, is the concern of financial fallout from what happened on Sep.11 , that is a very VALID concern , I felt terriable for Ireland , there is nothing they could do . I never saw they were blameing Americans , the sentiment I felt was what is going to happen to us financily and if military action happens what happens with Ireland , all very valid. I have to add , on Sep.11 , We talked to our friend in Ireland , and I find it difficult to articulate , but the comfort that phone call made to us was beyond words, I think hearing a voice from so far from here, was comforting and very reasurring , I was losing it that day , and it was our Irish friends calm and guiding words that really helped. I have kept up reading the Irish papers and I just haven't seen that monster portrayal you mentioned.