"I may be wrong and you may be right, and by an effort, we may get nearer to the truth." (Karl Popper)

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Any excuse: I

The other day, Richard noted how Shane Hegarty managed to get a dig at George W. Bush and the "so-called War on Terror" into a review of Harvey Mansfield's book Manliness published in the Irish Times - completely out of context, out of the blue, it made the writer look childish and facile.

A letter writer in today's Irish Indepedent (free reg. req.) does something similar:
"Like George W Bush's "War on Terror", Minister Cullen and Assistant Comissioner Rock's "Road Safety Plan" is a complete failure. The number of road deaths has actually increased this year over last year."

Of course, both road safety and U.S. foreign policy are serious matters. Accordingly they should be debated in a rational and grown-up. Some, however, seem to use any excuse to have a cut at the U.S., which they have the right to do. But they end up looking plain foolish.


Blogger Simon said...

Liam brady brought the war in iraq into the world cup

Tue Jun 20, 03:14:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger Karole said...

Did Bill O'Herlihy misquote the U.S. player who Bill claimed said they were going to go out against Italy and "do it for the boys in Iraq"? I think I read that the U.S. team visited a military hospital in Germany to meet soldiers who were injured in Iraq, and the player's comments were that they drew inspiration from the soldiers. Perhaps I'm wrong.

Tue Jun 20, 03:41:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger Simon said...

Liam's comment was in relation to one guy saying that this match (vs Italy) was going to be a war. Also the Boys in Iraq thing was mentioned as well.

There was a good point in a letter in the times that said they never said anything about Iran

Tue Jun 20, 07:40:00 PM GMT+1  

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