Don't give the Religion ofStephenG said:Received the following today:
UK POLICE ADVISE THAT INFORMATION HAS BEEN RECEIVED THAT AL QAEDA ARE SWITCHING THEIR FOCUS ON AIRPORTS AND AIR TRANSPORT TO WATER RESOURCES. IS THIS THE START OF RAM-A-DAM?
Well, one can't help but question their strategic reasoning, we have thousands of miles of oil pipelines, thousands of miles of railways, hundreds of vital dams, hundres of bridges and tunnels vital to various cities' commerce...all of which are either unprotected or have very poor security. So what's the best approach they can come up with? Attempting to sneak through heavily defended airports to make SUICIDE attacks : ...no wonder people question their intellectual abilities, if I had armies of people willing to carry out guerilla warfare I think I could manage more than one suicide attack in 6 years that was very localized in effect.Asteriktos said:Yeah, I'm sure doctors and engineers and such are very unimaginative! Oy. Know your enemy!
If you don't mind, I'd like to hear of your experience. If it's too painful still, please don't feel obligated.StephenG said:(And I and my family have experience of being terrorist targets).
It doesn't seem remote to me. My father's barracks was bombed by the IRA, I was close enough to hear the explosion that destroyed the Royal Marines music school in Deal, I went to school with two cousins who had each lost their fathers in Northern Ireland (in the same bombing), not to mention with two of the Farrar-Hockleys (General Sir Anthony Farrar-Hockley was either their father or uncle, can't quite remember, but one of his children was killed by a car bomb), the school was a military school and we had numerous bomb scares/threats throughout my time there and to cap it all a family friend was quite seriously injured when Manchester city centre was bombed. I was also evacuated from central London train stations due to suspect devices and/or overt threats (at least one of which really was a bomb) on at least three occasions that I recall. Terrorism really seems pretty much normal to me, just a fact of life (which is incredibly sad now that writing this down has forced me to think about it). All that's changed is that instead of it being the Irish who are trying to kill us, it's the Muslims.ytterbiumanalyst said:I know terrorism seems rather remote for most of us.
Hatred is hatred whether it carries a shamrock or wears a hijab.jmbejdl said:All that's changed is that instead of it being the Irish who are trying to kill us, it's the Muslims.
Nice choice.... We wear white for Pascha, Funerals.... Add St Patty's day, and you have a nice connection.ytterbiumanalyst said:BTW, I usually wear white on St. Patrick's Day, as it's the only colour not claimed by a religious group. I like to think it's for St. Patrick's Orthodox.
St. Patrick is Orthodox. The Irish have tended to hold tenaciously to Tradition and to resist the changes that the Pope has made over the years, which is indeed a very Orthodox idea. I view Irish Catholicism as being closer to Orthodoxy than perhaps any other form of the Catholic faith (but I may be biased). Hence, "more Catholic than the Pope."Αριστοκλής said:The Irish are Orthodox? I thought WE were the ones "more Catholic than the Pope".
Yep. Death and resurrection surely were close to the heart of the man who brought Christianity to us who worshipped the trees. Don't forget chrismation in your list of white-clothed days.cleveland said:Nice choice.... We wear white for Pascha, Funerals.... Add St Patty's day, and you have a nice connection.
Thank you for the licence to fly the Three Crowns proudly.StephenG said:A scholarly acquaintance says that the only Irish who can be Irish nationalists without being in contradiction of their faith are those Irish who are Orthodox?
Thanks for the addendum!ytterbiumanalyst said:Yep. Death and resurrection surely were close to the heart of the man who brought Christianity to us who worshipped the trees. Don't forget chrismation in your list of white-clothed days.