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Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Unconscionable hypocrisy

I guess it all depends on the meaning of the word terrorist.

Long Island Republican Peter King is dancing on the head of a pin as he tries to justify his witch hunt hearing on Islam and terrorism while defunding his past support of the Irish Republican Army and its sectarian-based attacks in Northern Ireland.

In King's world, the difference is that IRA gunmen and bombers launched forays on military targets and carried out those raids on their own soil. The fact they use violence in an effort to a political victory over religious opponents seems to elude him.
“If civilians are killed in an attack on a military installation, it is certainly regrettable, but I will not morally blame the I.R.A. for it.”
Innocent civilians killed when the attacks moved on to London, the capital of the country from which the IRA sought to detach? Perhaps you were wearing moral blinders at the time, Mr. Chairman?

The Republican Party of recent vintage has made electoral gains through divide and conquer -- wedge issues such as abortion and birth control -- gulling the working class into paroxysms of anger while feathering the nests of their wealthy supporters.

This hearing is an attempt to fan the flames once more, turning justifiable anger over the immoral actions of al Qaeda into a broad brush stroke slam against their co-religionists. That is shameful on its face.

Coming from a man who turned a blind eye to the loss of innocents to justify religious-based violence when it served his own political beliefs is unconscionable hypocrisy.

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Anonymous Joel Patterson said...

Peter King does not want to think about Enniskillen.

March 09, 2011 5:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

While investigating the threat of home grown Moslem terrorists is a reasonable inquiry, to absolve the IRA when they exhibited the same type of behaviour as Al Queda is inexcuseable.

March 10, 2011 5:05 AM  

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