Monday, April 11, 2005

McCartney sister takes a "bite" out of President Bush

Irish Voice:

Catherine McCartney certainly knows how to bite the hand that recently fed her and her sisters. On St. Patrick’s Day President Bush opened his door to the sisters and closed it to Sinn Fein after the tragic murder of their brother Robert in a Belfast bar. The sisters’ campaign to see justice done has had a huge impact in Europe and the U.S., and deservedly so.

Despite Bush’s generous gesture it appears Catherine, a lecturer in history and politics in Belfast, formed less than a stellar opinion of Bush during their visit to the White House.

In an interview with The Village, a weekly magazine in Ireland, Catherine was outspoken about the American president. “On a personal level I find it very, very difficult to put ‘Bush’ and ‘justice’ in the same sentence. But I was trying to work around that,” she said.

“That man, as you know, doesn’t even have a clue as to where Ireland is on the map, but it was getting to the ones behind him…people who have an impact. Not Bush himself.”

Hmm. That hardly seems fair. Bush has been to Ireland twice since his presidency began and has certainly had several discussions on the Irish peace process with Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Bertie Ahern and British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

McCartney is revealing the bias that seems such a part of the animosity that people in Ireland have to Bush — but it is surprising given how much he has done for the McCartney campaign that she voiced it so publicly. It is hardly likely there will be a White House invite next year.

It seems that Catherine McCartney hates American Republicans just as much as she hates Irish ones.

6 Comments:

At 8:37 PM, Blogger United Irelander said...

How does Catherine McCartney hate Irish Republicanism? What complete and utter bollocks. Shame on you for writing such garbage.

 
At 9:59 AM, Blogger Diarmid said...

Even though it was only a few Irish republicans who were responsible for the murder of Robert McCartney, the McCartney sisters have been behaving as if everyone in the entire Irish republican movement had taken part in the killing. The IRA provided the sisters with the names of the men responsible and even offered to kill the men.

 
At 8:43 AM, Anonymous beano @ Everything Ulster said...

And offering to kill killers is an acceptable response?

The IRA are gangsters and thugs. They dominate their own areas, keeping their own community down, that is when they're not out attacking other communities.

And it wasn't just a few republicans, it was the senior republicans in their area. Just because this is the only event that was widely publicised doesn't mean it was the only one. In fact this sort of attitude among the thugs that they are above the law is exactly what's wrong with Northern Ireland. Because they have the backing of a private army, they believe and act like they are untouchable.

Republican terrorists have more in common with loyalist ones than they have separating them.

 
At 9:26 AM, Blogger Diarmid said...

And offering to kill killers is an acceptable response?

It shows that the Irish Republican movement is not protecting the killers. The McCartneys are behaving as if the IRA and Sinn Fein are doing everything in their power to protect the murderers of Robert McCartney which is totally untrue.

The IRA are gangsters and thugs.

Wrong. The gangsters and thugs are the loyalists who are fighting to preserve British colonialism in the north of Ireland.

They dominate their own areas, keeping their own community down, that is when they're not out attacking other communities.

Wrong. The IRA protects the indigenous Irish Catholic population of the Six Counties from the British loyalists and their allies in the British security forces.

And it wasn't just a few republicans, it was the senior republicans in their area.

How do you know this?

Just because this is the only event that was widely publicised doesn't mean it was the only one.

Do you have any evidence that there were other killings like the McCartney murder?

In fact this sort of attitude among the thugs that they are above the law is exactly what's wrong with Northern Ireland.

No. What is wrong with "Northern Ireland" is that it is a British colony. Most of the problems of the Six Counties can be solved by the British dismantling their colony and repatriating their colonists back to Britain.

Because they have the backing of a private army, they believe and act like they are untouchable.

The IRA is an army made up of the indigenous Irish Catholic population of the Six Counties and therefore the only legitimate army in the north of Ireland.

Republican terrorists have more in common with loyalist ones than they have separating them.

Wrong. The British loyalists are fighting to preserve British colonialism in the north of Ireland while the IRA are fighting to bring an end to that colonial problem.

 
At 11:06 AM, Anonymous Stewart said...

I totally agree with Catherine^s comments about President Bush.

He may have been to Ireland twice since his undemocratic arrival in the White House but Catherine is right about him not knowing where to find it on the map. Anyone who heard him refer to "Northern Irelanders" could be in no doubt that this ignorant man^s knowledge of Ireland is as negligible as his interest in it.

I congratulate and admire Catherine McCartney and her family for their courage on behalf of their late brother. He was blessed to be so loved by his sisters.

 
At 9:54 AM, Blogger Diarmid said...

I congratulate and admire Catherine McCartney and her family for their courage on behalf of their late brother. He was blessed to be so loved by his sisters.

The IRA told the McCartney sisters who killed their brother and even offered to execute the killers. The McCartneys are not interested in justice, just in attacking Sinn Fein.

 

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