IrishCentral editors respond to Krugman rant
New York Times gets it wrong on Ireland and the Irish
Not so fast Mr. Krugman.
In his Monday column in The New York Times he says America could turn Irish, which he says is the worst-case outlook for the world economy.
He has jumped on the merry-go-round that every economist in the world has in an orgy of Irish-bashing that is without parallel.
But I think America would be privileged to turn Irish, Mr. Krugman.
Nowhere in his column has he talked about the Irish people other than as statistics.
That could be because he has never met them, or is ignorant of their history.
What he should know is this.
Yes, things are bad in 2009 in Ireland. But they've seen a lot worse.
Back in the 1840s millions of Irish starved to death in Europe’s worst 19th century genocide as the British stood idly by.
The country recovered and defeated the British.
Not only that, they have endured and overcome more than almost any other nation on earth.
In the 1950s the country had nothing and huge numbers emigrated.
In the 1980s the country was broke again and many more emigrated.
This 2009 recession is hardly a blip compared to some of the great tragedies of the past. This too will be overcome.
He doesn't mention for instance, Ireland's greatest success story - the creation of peace in the North.
In fact, Ireland was so successful in getting sworn enemies to lay down their weapons and talk to each other that the model is now being used in other places.
Just today, the Times of London reports on a new Israeli/Palestinian initiative, which is creating a space for suicide bombers and soldiers to make peace.