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No offense Frank but I do recall a recent diary which essentially said everything sucks, and actually it does!
Dunno if you are referring to any of my diaries, but certainly the Irish economy does currently suck.  That said, I am the eternal optimist and can even see upsides to Globalization - when compared to the nationalisms that caused WW1 and WW2 and the imperialisms which conquered and impoverished many parts of the world.

"Thank the Lord, that we have got
The Gatling gun, and they have not."

The difference now is that those we conquered in the past now have guns and technology too, and are starting to fight back, both economically and militarily..

It's not as much fun when you are on the receiving end of imperialism, but the indignities suffered by "the West" since 9/11 are as nothing compared to the suffering we or our forebears inflicted on others.  Of course that doesn't make it right either, but in the grand scheme of things we haven't had a World war recently, so lets be grateful for small mercies.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Dec 23rd, 2008 at 07:43:10 AM EST
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