Saturday, September 17, 2005

You Boys Know How to Pick 'Em!

From Robert Novak:
Rep. Peter King of New York, named by Republican leaders to become the House Homeland Security Committee's chairman, was not pressed to explain two decades of support for the terrorist Irish Republican Army (IRA) and association with the left-wing Sinn Fein, the IRA's political arm.
King is the only member of Congress in at least five years to travel at Sinn Fein's expense, taking such trips to Ireland in 2000 and 2001. King's pro-IRA posture goes back to 1986. President Reagan declared that Irish-Americans condemn the IRA, and King responded: 'When Reagan went to Ireland, he might have spoken for some Irish-Americans. But he didn't speak for me.' The 2005 State Department report lists the IRA among terrorist organizations.
'There is no comparison between the IRA and al Qaeda,' King told this column in defending his suitability for the Homeland Security chairmanship. He contended the IRA 'didn't target civilians, although civilians were killed in attacks.' He also said he dealt with Sinn Fein, not the IRA, and that he had called for the IRA to disband.
This is actually kinda surprising given the big time snub Bush has rightly given Sinn Fein. As a note, the only people who say that Sinn Fein and the IRA are two different groups are people who are idiots, and people who sympathize with the IRA. The fact that Mr. King thinks the IRA has something against harming civilians leaves me more confused as to which group he belongs to.

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