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Republican Congressman Chairing Hearings on Islamic Radicalization once Staunchly Supported Irish “Terror”

When the Irish government boycotted the 1985 St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York City, it did so because that year’s Grand Marshal was a man Dublin said was an “avowed” supporter of the Irish Republican Army (IRA), which both the Reagan administration and the British government considered to be a terrorist organization. Before the start of the ’85 parade, the Grand Marshal convened a press conference in which he offered strong words of support for the IRA: “As we march up the avenue and share all the joy, let us never forget the men and women who are suffering and, most of all, the men and women who are fighting.” The IRA killed around 600 civilians in attacks that any objective observer would call terrorism during its struggle to free Northern Ireland from British rule, but that didn’t matter to the Grand Marshal. “If civilians are killed in an attack on a military installation, it is certainly regrettable, but I will not morally blame the IRA for it,” he explained. He called the British government a “murder machine” and the IRA a “legitimate force.” He compared Gerry Adams, leader of Sinn Féin (the political wing of the IRA), to George Washington, much as President Reagan had called the Contra terrorists in Nicaragua “the moral equivalent of the founding fathers.”

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The Grand Marshal for the 1985 New York St. Patrick’s Day parade was none other than Peter King, who as chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee has scheduled hearings to determine the extent of the radicalization of Muslims in the United States. The Republican congressman’s hypocrisy is staggering. He claims his support for the IRA needed to be understood in the wider context of the Irish people’s centuries-long struggle for independence from British rule while completely ignoring the fact that Islamic terrorism springs from centuries of unjust treatment by Western powers, most recently the United States. At no time does King acknowledge the role that American invasions, occupations, support for brutal dictators or unwavering backing of Israel play in the rise of Islamic terrorism. Like most Americans, King ridiculously views the events of September 11, 2001 as an unprovoked attack against America by evil forces who hate us for our freedoms. Nothing could be further from the truth. But I digress.

King’s hypocrisy has not gone unnoticed, and it has generated some stinging criticism. “It’s ironic that someone who offered such vocal support for the IRA is involved in this kind of witch hunt against Muslims in America,” Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) told the Washington Post. “My problem with him is the hypocrisy,” Tom Parker, a counter-terrorism specialist at Amnesty International who was injured by an IRA bomb, told the same paper. “If you say that terrorist violence is acceptable in one setting because you happen to agree with the cause, then you lose the authority to condemn it in another setting.”

Just to be clear, Moral Low Ground does not necessarily consider the IRA to have been a terrorist organization. While it certainly did engage in acts of terrorism, it did so only after peaceful attempts to redress grave grievances were violently suppressed by loyalist authorities and the British military, which resorted to every dirty trick in the book– including torture– in dealing with the IRA. Armed resistance became the only viable option for Irish Catholics who were denied equality in employment, housing education in mainly Protestant Northern Ireland. But while we are hesitant to paint the IRA with the sweeping label of terrorist organization, whether it is or not is somewhat irrelevant to the point of this conversation because it was considered a terrorist group by the US government and its major ally in London. That means that King was supporting a terrorist organization at the time, a curious position for someone who is now on a crusade against Islamic extremism.

What’s more likely is that King is an Islamophobe on a witch hunt. This isn’t unfounded speculation. In 2004 he went on Fox News and opined that “80 to 85 percent of mosques in this country are controlled by Islamic fundamentalists… this is an enemy living amongst us.” In a 2007 interview with the blog Politico.com, King asserted that “there are too many mosques in this country.” Therein lies King’s true feelings towards Islam. Imagine the reaction if an elected official declared that there were too many churches in this country?

King’s Islamic witch hunt ought to be condemned as the discriminatory “show trial” that it most certainly will be. Since the attacks of 9/11, an average of three people per year have been killed in the US by Islamic terror. Many more people have died from bee stings in the same period, yet you don’t see congressional hearings probing bees. But instead of condemning King’s witch hunt, millions of Americans enthusiastically support it. The reactionary right is right– America does have a Muslim problem. But it’s not the problem they say it is; our Muslim problem has almost nothing to do with terrorism and almost everything to do with the way we treat members of our nation’s fastest-growing religious group.

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  1. JosephMarch 10, 2011 at 10:28 amReply

    I am from a muslim country.And i went through lot of persecutions.Can you immagine a 10 yrs old child face every day hatered and threats from muslim class fellows.Only becuse i am christian and i was christian.Can you immagine a 10 yrs olf child face every day.I was scared to death every day and the use to tell us you are christian and you are non beliver and you leave this country and go to usa or go to ur european countries.This is not your country.Just read about christians killed in pakistan.They have no tollerance at all.They hate us because when we say jesus is Son of God according to Islam we suppose to be killed.In Pakistan they made one Law in 80,s any one disrespect Islam and Prophet Mohammad suppose to be killed.(just read about pakistani Gorverner killed and Pakistani Minority minister killed because they opposed that blasphemy law because they are missusing that lawa againtst christians and other minorities.If they have some other conflicts with you and they want to kill you.They will just accuse you that you commited blasphammy and you wil be arrested and will tourtured before arrest by 100,s of muslims.And they they will witness in the court and when 5 people they take oath and say he said infront of us you will be handed death sentence.How Pakistani Christians can do that they have no way to get out of that country it is commiting suiside to do any thing like that way and they know that.These Governer and Minister oppose that law and they kiled them.They use to hit us every day and abuse us every day.We were scared to death and still i am scared i cant disscus with them even i am in USA.Because in Islam any one say any thing about Islam and about their prophet Suppose to be killed.They are not brain washed that is part of their religion.I and we all Christians we dont hate any one if we believe in Chrsit.Can you immagine if they put 100 piolets in USA airforec how much destructions they can do in USA.With 100 fighter jets.When i visisted my country.I heard them saying why we did only with 4 planes why we didnt do with 100,sI believe they are working on that it will not be tomorrow but it can happen in next 5 to 10 yrs.And there are Al Qaeda terrorists are still in USA.I will give EXAMPLE OF MAJOR HASSAN NIDAL IN FORT HOOD TAXAS.HE BORNE IN USA HE RAISED IN USA AND SEE WHAT HE DID.EVERY BODY KEPT THEIR EYES CLOSED EVEN HE HAS DONE MANY THINGS TO SHOW THAT HE IS FUTURE TERRORIST AND HE WILL DO BIGGEST ACT AFTER 9/11.PLEASE READ THAT.I AM NOT SAYING HATE THEM AND HURT THEM BUT I WILL SAY DONT KEEP YOUR EYES CLOSED.I MET MANY OF THEM IN USA AND I FELT THE SAME WAY WHAT HE MAJOR HASSAN NIDAL AND SHOWED HATTERED AGAINST AMERICA AND CHRISTIANS.BELIEVE ME I NEVER HATE THEM I HAVE VERY GOOD FRIENDS AND I LOVE THEM BUT YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT IS IN PERSON MIND.THERE ARE MANY LIKE MAJOR HASSAN NIDAL.THEY ARE NOT BRAIN WASHED THAT IS PART OF THEIR RELIGION.THEY SAY ONLY MUSLIMS ARE BROTHERS ANY WHERE IN THE WORL AND IF THEY ARE IN TROUBLE WE HAVE TO GO AND HELP THEM.THEY WILL GO TO HAVEN ONLY MUSLIMS BUT EVERY ONE WHO IS NOT MUSLIM WILL BURN IN HELL AND WILL BE POURD BOILLING OIL IN THEIR THROAT .PLEASE JUST READ ABOUT MAJOR NIDAL.I LOVE ANY HUMAN IN THIS WORLD IF I HATE THEM I AM NOT A CHRISTIAN AND NOT A HUMAN.I AM STILL SCARED WHILE I AM WRITING THESE COMMITS BUT I LOVE THIS COUNTRY AND I DONT WANT THIS HAPPENT TO USA AGAIN.

  2. ed moloneyMarch 15, 2011 at 8:56 amReply

    you write: “Just to be clear, Moral Low Ground does not necessarily consider the IRA to have been a terrorist organization. While it certainly did engage in acts of terrorism, it did so only after peaceful attempts to redress grave grievances were violently suppressed by loyalist authorities and the British military, which resorted to every dirty trick in the book– including torture– in dealing with the IRA. Armed resistance became the only viable option for Irish Catholics who were denied equality in employment, housing education in mainly Protestant Northern Ireland.”
    exactly the same could be said for muslim terrorists, that they did peacefully try to redress their grievances at the start by, for example, peacefully asking america to stay out of, or to stop interfering their countries but were then violently suppressed either directly by america or by america’s puppets, eg mubarak in egypt, saudi monarchs, etc and america resorted to ever trick in the book, including torture (ever heard of water boarding?) – the palestinians could justifiably argue that in the west bank and in gaza, where their democratically elected government is not recognised by the US, their status is actually much, much worse than anything catholics in northern ireland ever had to endure and like the catholics in NI they were therefore forced to resort to what are called acts of terrorism. so by your definition there are no terrorists anywhere!

    • Brett WilkinsMarch 15, 2011 at 11:12 amReplyAuthor

      “So by your definition there are no terrorists anywhere.” … or, more accurately, “one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.” Agree 100% with everything you wrote about Islamic “terror.” Furthermore, some of today’s most loathed terror groups are in one way or another the product of US or Israeli creation.

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