24th May 13:15
Adams + Arafat = Terrorists in Arms
Adams + Arafat = Terrorists in Arms
One cannot fault David Trimble for making a good faith offer to
terrorist Gerry Adams just as Prime Minister Ehud Barak had made a
good faith offer to terrorist Yasser Arafat.
Of course, Trimble's and Barak's good faith efforts were doomed to
Nonetheless history will prove that Mssrs Trimble and Barak had simply
exposed The Truth for all to see: it is simply useless and dangerous
to negotiate with terrorists; a terrorist is a terrorist is a
terrorist; and that true leadership can only come from the Rev. Ian
Paisley and Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
Rachel Ehrenfeld. "IRA + PLO = Terror." National Review.
Following the Israeli incursion into Jenin earlier this year, Paul
Collinson, a British explosives expert working with the Red Cross,
identified hundreds of explosive devices found there and noted that
"the pipe bombs I found in Jenin are exact replicas of ones I found in
The incident came on the heels of a shooting spree of ten Israelis
with a bolt-action rifle, perpetrated by a single sniper who left his
rifle behind. This technique was also identified as a Irish Republican
Army (IRA) trademark.
But the IRA's connections are not limited to the Middle East or the
Palestinians. On April 24, 2001, the House of Representatives
Committee on International Relations published the findings of its
investigation into IRA activities in Colombia. Their report clearly
demonstrated a longstanding connection with the Revolutionary Armed
Forces of Colombia (FARC), mentioned at least 15 more IRA terrorists
who have been traveling in and out of Colombia since 1998, and
estimated that the IRA had received at least $2 million in drug
proceeds for training members of FARC.
A more recent report, published in May by the Federal Research
Division of the Library of Congress, identified Hezbollah, Hamas, and
a number of other Middle Eastern terrorist organizations as active in
Colombia and the Triborder Region (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and
David Trimble. "IRA Does Double-Talk on Terrorism." The Irish American
Post. Nov./Dec. 2002. vol. 3, iss. 5.
To its numerous American backers and to officials in the American
government, Sinn Féin, the political wing of the Irish Republican
Army, is adept at speaking the language of reason and reconciliation.
But Sinn Féin speaks to its Irish followers through its in-house
newspaper, An Phoblacht, from the other side of its mouth.
[Just like arafat and the PLO saying one thing in English and the
opposite in arabic. Ed.]
The IRA's lengthy connections with people such as Moammar Gadhafi and
the Basque separatist group ETA are well known. The arrest of three
Irish republicans in Colombia on suspicion of collaborating with FARC
narco-terrorists demonstrates that, despite the IRA "cessation," it is
unable or unwilling to sever such ties. What is truly remarkable is
that even after Sept. 11, 2001, the Irish republican press remains as
anti-American as ever.
Perhaps even more surprising is that it continues to get away with it.
On hearing the news of the 9/11 attacks, Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams
told his followers in the United States that this was "ethically
indefensible terrorism." But away from American eyes and ears, an
editorial in An Phoblacht on Sept. 12 made it clear what Irish
republicans really thought about the attacks.
They were indeed "atrocities," but there was "an even greater danger"
that the U.S. government would "lash out and make innocent civilians
in other countries pay for what it is describing as an act of war. . .
.. We only know too well," it was claimed, "how in the Middle East and
in Central America the pursuit of a militaristic and aggressive policy
by U.S. governments and by those governments it sponsored led to the
deaths of innocent people."
And to whom did they apportion the blame? "The perpetrators of the
atrocities in Washington and New York may well have had their origins
in the political disaster area which is the Middle East. But it is a
disaster for which the 'West' and its client governments bear much
Sinn Féin's hostility to America was applied not just to conservatives
or perceived hard-liners. In 1995, there was a bitter personal attack
on Gen. Colin Powell. Nobel Peace Prize winner Jimmy Carter should, in
the opinion of An Phoblacht, appear before a war crimes tribunal, and
Bill Clinton has been attacked for his "endless display of military
might." In the past seven years, there have been at least 30 articles
attacking U.S. policy toward Cuba and also anti-American articles
regarding Panama, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala. In
August 2001, Douglas Hamilton, effectively An Phoblacht's Cuban
the Balkans, East Timor, Colombia, or Iraq."
This sentiment has, if anything, intensified in the past year. The war
in Afghanistan with its "indiscriminate bombings," it was argued,
"violates international law." In July, a correspondent attacked
President Bush's continued support for Israel and warned that the
"international community can no longer close its eyes to Israeli state
terrorism." Its support for Yasser Arafat was unambiguous.
This is not the work of rogue intellectuals at the fringes of the
republican movement. An Phoblacht is part of a well-oiled Sinn Féin
party machine. It is perhaps for this reason that the most stinging
personal attack on Bush was published in Gaelic. "Bush As Smacht," an
article published in February, translated into English simply as "Bush
Is Out of Control." "We already know that George W. Bush is out of his
mind," ran the translation, "and he is inclined to make difficulties
worse instead of solving them. It seems likely that the Bush authority
wants to keep the world under control with the biggest bombs he has."
At the same time, Sinn Féin representative Aengus O Snodaigh --
recently elected to the Irish Parliament with the help of the American
money that has made Sinn Féin the best-funded party in Western Europe
-- has made no secret of the fact that Sinn Féin opposes the Irish
government's permission to the U.S. Air Force to use Shannon Airport
for refueling as part of its preparations for possible military
intervention in Iraq. Irish republicans are, of course, entitled to
their view. But one wonders whether any other group expressing such
views would also be entitled to access to the White House and millions
of American dollars.
After the recent alleged discovery of an IRA spy ring at the heart of
the Northern Ireland government, Prime Minister Tony Blair is
effectively calling for the disbanding of the IRA. The question is
whether the continued support and assistance that Irish republicans
receive in the United States is any sort of incentive for the IRA to
comply with these demands. Sinn Féin raised $500,000 at a single
dinner recently in New York. Sadly, it is money that will be paid for
in blood elsewhere in the world.
David Trimble is leader of the Ulster Unionist Party, first minister
of the suspended Northern Ireland Assembly and a Nobel Peace Prize
Prof. Alan Dershowitz (Harvard Law School). The Case for Israel. ("As
the process moved toward resolution, Prime Minister Ehud Barak shocked
the world by offering the Palestinians virtually everything they had
been demanding, including a state with its capital in Jerusalem,
control over the Temple Mount, a return of approximately 95 percent of
the West Bank and all of the Gaza Strip, and a $30 billion
compensation package for the 1948 refugees. How could Yasser Arafat
possibly reject that historic offer? Prince Bandar of Saudi Arabia,
who was serving as an intermediary among the parties, urged Arafat to
"take this deal." Could you ever get "a better deal"? he asked. Would
you rather negotiate with Sharon? As Arafat vacillated, Bandar issued
a stern warning: "I hope you remember, sir, what I told you. If we
lose this opportunity, it is going to be a crime." I watched in horror
as Arafat committed that crime by rejecting Barak's offer, walking
away from the peace negotiations without even making a
counterproposal. Prince Bandar was later to characterize Arafat's
decision as "a crime against the Palestinians-in fact, against the
entire region." He held Arafat personally responsible for all the
ensuing deaths of Israelis and Palestinians. President Clinton also
placed the entire blame for the termination of the process on Arafat,
as did most of those who had participated in the negotiations. Even
many Europeans were furious at Arafat for walking away from this
"With what propriety, therefore, or for what good purposes, are
attempts at this particular period made by some men to depreciate the
importance of the Union? Or why is it suggested that three or four
confederacies would be better than one? I am persuaded in my own mind
that the people have always thought right on this subject, and that
their universal and uniform attachment to the cause of the Union rests
on great and weighty reasons, which I shall endeavor to develop and
explain in some ensuing papers. They who promote the idea of
substituting a number of distinct confederacies in the room of the
plan of the convention, seem clearly to foresee that the rejection of
it would put the continuance of the Union in the utmost jeopardy."
27th May 17:30
Adams + Arafat = Terrorists in Arms
Good one Nik!
"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to
have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb
contesting the vote." - Benjamin Franklin