Did I just live through something very historical?

I didn’t take much notice of the Queen’s visit to Ireland when it was being arranged.  I guess, like most people, I hoped that it would pass peacefully and there wouldn’t be the same scenes we saw during the “Love Ulster” parades a few years ago.  I didn’t really think it was such a big deal.  That was until tonight, when watching the 9 o'clock news. I’m not the most patriotic man in Ireland though I am very content in my Irishness. I cried with happiness during Italia 90 when we beat Romania on penalities.  I even wear something green on St. Patrick’s Day.  However, I never got the whole significance of the impact England has had on our identities - this chip on our shoulder.  Why did the arrival of this symbol of Englishness make so many people feel somewhat uncomfortable? The events that...

I hope and pray that someone in bin Laden’s organization comes to the realization that violence isn’t the answer and puts an end to the conflict.
Clearly the journalist who interviewed Charles Hawkins didn’t see the irony in his remarks.