Re: Northern Ireland (was Re: Nanotech Restrictions)

Date: Wed Apr 26 2000 - 14:53:06 MDT

In a message dated 4/26/00 9:34:07 AM Central Daylight Time, writes:

> There seems to be a cultural assumption ingrained in a lot of Americans
> that in any conflict, there must be a bunch of goodies and a bunch of
> baddies, and all that is necessary is to identify the good guys and side
> with them. This is one struggle where the bad guys are distributed
> evenly on all sides -- if you want to root for someone, root for the peace
> process and the politicians sitting around the negotiating table and
> _talking_ to each other about how to get _all_ the guns and bombs off the
> street.

Poking my nose in quickly . . . but I think Charlie's dead right. I've spent
a lot of time in the UK (but none in Ireland) and am a pretty energetic
proponent of the "anglosphere" concept as proposed by Jim Bennett of
Foresight in his upcoming book "The Network Commonwealth". I see Ireland and
England as both part of a common cultural sphere with more in common with
each other than they have with most other cultures. I also think there's
plenty of "badness" to go around on both sides. Hanging on to historical
grudges is damned foolish when all sides have so much to gain by reaching a
lasting peace. The whole process needs to be disarmed and pacified,
regardless of who may have some kind of historical upper hand.

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