Monday 5 December 2016

Kevin Myers: We are part of the war on terror and must accept that simple truth instead of hiding behind neutrality

Published 11/05/2011 | 05:00

Last week's (admittedly posed) picture of President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden watching the mission to kill Osama bin Laden is already an iconic image of our time. His national security team present in the picture included Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough; Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; National Security Adviser Tom Donilon; Chief of Staff Bill Daley and John Brennan, of Homeland Security and Counter-terrorism.

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McDonough, Mullen, Donilon, Brennan, Daley and Biden (whose mother was a Finnegan): what do those names tell you? Well, they declare the patriotism and the political realism of Irish-America. These people are involved in the war on terror, not because they're choosing war, but because terrorism chose to declare war on their country, the US.

I may also point to US Navy Seal Michael Murphy, Medal of Honour, Navy Cross, after whom a US Navy vessel was last week named. He was killed in a firefight in Afghanistan, in which only one of his four-man section survived.

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