[FoRK] So much for the Catholics

Justin Mason jm at jmason.org
Thu Sep 2 21:48:16 PDT 2004


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See also http://bestofbothworlds.blogspot.com/ -- P O'Neill has
some great comments on this...

- --j.

Owen Byrne writes:
> What I found truly offensive is not quite the same spin as this. 
> American dollars funded the IRA big time. I guess thats the similarity 
> to Al Qaeda.
> Owen
> http://news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=3445295
> 
> > *5:28pm* (UK)
> > Trimble Baffled as Bush Aide Compares IRA to Al Qaida
> >
> > /By Mark Sage, PA News, in New York/
> >
> > Ulster Unionist leader David Trimble said today he was perplexed by 
> > comments from a top aide to President George Bush, who compared the 
> > IRA to al Qaida.
> >
> > The comments by Karl Rove, Mr Bush’s chief strategist, also drew 
> > criticism from Irish lobbyists in the US, who called him “stupid”.
> >
> > Talking about the war on international terrorism, Mr Rove said in an 
> > interview: “This is going to be more like the conflict in Northern 
> > Ireland, where the Brits fought terrorism, and there’s no sort of 
> > peace accord with al Qaida saying, ’we surrender’.”
> >
> > Mr Trimble, who is attending the Republican National Convention in New 
> > York as a guest of the International Democrat Union, said he was 
> > confused by the comment.
> >
> > “I’m not altogether clear about what exactly he’s getting at,” he said.
> >
> > “Al Qaida is quite a different terrorist organisation to those in 
> > Northern Ireland.
> >
> > “It’s perfectly reasonable, I suppose, to draw some parallel in that 
> > the war on terror will probably take a long time just like it did in 
> > Northern Ireland, if that’s what he meant,” he told the Washington Post.
> >
> > The Washington-based lobby group, the Irish National Caucus, said the 
> > comments were a sign of the “anti– Irish Catholic elements in the 
> > Republican Party” in the US.
> >
> > Caucus president Sean McManus said: “Karl Rove’s recent statement 
> > comparing the IRA to al Qaida is, above all else, stupid, but it also 
> > may reveal the true colours of some anti-Irish Catholic elements in 
> > the Republican Party.”
> >
> > He said: “While there has always been many fine leaders in the GOP 
> > (Republican Party) with excellent records on Irish affairs, there has 
> > also been – as a matter of historical fact – a strong anti-Irish 
> > Catholic element, the ’no Pope here’, crowd.”
> >
> > He added: “President Bush must immediately repudiate Rove’s anti-Irish 
> > Catholic bigotry.”
> >
> > end
> >
> 
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