[FoRK] So much for the Catholics
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...
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.
> > *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 Bushs 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 theres 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.
> > Im not altogether clear about what exactly hes getting at, he said.
> > Al Qaida is quite a different terrorist organisation to those in
> > Northern Ireland.
> > Its 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 thats 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 Roves 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 Roves anti-Irish
> > Catholic bigotry.
> > end
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