I don't think it would do any harm at this stage to just set out a couple of facts for the Irish media and those people who feel a need to call or text radio shows with comments.
This is the correct order of events:
September 11 attacks on the United States
President Bush declares the War on Terror.
I cannot get over how many times I've heard reference to these two events as if the latter caused the former. Before September 11, President Bush was, if anything, ignoring the terrorist threat, not declaring war on it.