August 14, 2007

Roving hypocrit


Karl Rove according to Dave Cole thinks that it is acceptable for any nation harbouring terrorists to be bombed. That is an interesting perspective- I was wondering would he consider it acceptable for the UK to bomb the United States when it harboured Noraid funding Irish Republican terrorists from the 1970s onwards or is it just terrorists who bomb Americans who count. Perhaps Mr Rove in his fulminations against terrorism should remember some rather recent history on this side of the Atlantic and see that bombing those that harbour it may be a more complicated issue than he thought. (The pictures above are of two boys- victims of the Warrington Bomb in 1993 which may have been funded through the United States.)

I do hesitate to say that I agree with Rove- but if you do, what pray makes the St Patrick's Day parade in New York that different to the parades in South Lebanon for Hamas- is it the number of people killed or just their nationality.

7 comments:

dreadnought said...

Nice one!

Political Umpire said...

Spot on.

Political Umpire said...

Incidentally Gracchi I finally found time to read the book by Jean Yves Le Naour which you recommended ages ago, and posted on it yesterday. Thanks for the recommendation!

Gracchi said...

Great that both of you enjoyed the article- and Pol Ump that you liked the book- I'm just abot to go over to your piece

edmund said...

good post and good point there's far too much US amnestia on this issue.

At the risk of being excesi fair Noriad aid generally wnet to sien fien rather htan the IRA and the Bush admiiion has if anything been more anti IrA than the UK government (admittely an easy start), Furthermore he did say harbouring (though i vaguely recall the US behaved in a similar way harbojng them) he hasn't yet called for bombing states that od' have the same terrorist list as the US! -]

i also thik the point would be about nations that refuse to hand ver after clear requests (eg afghanastan did) or can't ( ie pakistan-where direct strikes can be reasonable)

Gracchi said...

Edmund good point- why be fair though but point taken about NORAID- opening up the Irish issue isn't for today though personally and I see what you mena on the funding support etc.

Anonymous said...

"What pray makes the St Patrick's Day parade in New York that different to the parades in South Lebanon for Hamas- is it the number of people killed or just their nationality"

Could it be perhaps that those who attend the St Patrick's Day parade in New York are not there to honor the IRA? Most are there to have a good time and wax nostalgic about whatever Irish heritage they may have. Could it also be that those who attend the St Patrick's Day parade in New York are not calling for the obliteration of the UK and the slaughter of the Brits?

It is not enough to compare forms: content matters.

-Jim