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Giuliani Gave Award To Terror Chief

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The best one-liner of the Republican debate was surely Tom Tancredo’s jab about believing conversions “on the road to Damascus, not the road to Des Moines.” It must have hit too close to home for conservative pundits who declared the winner to be Mike Huckabee, who said Congress spent money like John Edwards in a salon.

There were many conversions in evidence that night. McCain changed his mind on immigration; Romney changed his mind on… everything; and Huckabee’s governorship of Arkansas made Congress look like Dick Cheney in a hair salon by comparison. Yet the most spectacular conversion was Rudy Giuliani’s transformation to terror warrior. From his performance you would never believe this is a man who, as Mayor of New York, embraced indiscriminate killers.

Most of my family came from Northern Ireland to England before I was born. I grew up in Manchester in the midst of the IRA’s murderous bombing campaign. In the '90s the city was gutted by one such bomb. Then, as now, Giuliani was a politician on the make but that was before 9/11 made him “America’s Mayor”. He desperately needed to be more popular and tapping Irish-American sympathy for the IRA was a way to do it. You think Giuliani would embrace the man who led a brutal terror campaign against one of America’s closest allies just to advance his career? You bet. Rudy is a political hack who saw a bandwagon and jumped right on.

A quick Google search easily finds evidence of the Mayor’s fondness for mass murderers. Take this article from the New York Times from Sept. 29 1994 entitled "At City Hall, an I.R.A. Leader Gets a Warm Reception." The IRA is a brutal Marxist terror group with links to Columbia’s FARC. Yet New York officials described the organisation’s leader, Gerry Adams, as a “harbinger of peace” and “a civil rights activist”. Imagine if someone were to describe Osama bin Laden as civil rights activist. The remade Rudy would probably blow a fuse but the old Rudy didn’t seem to mind; he had polls to think about [all bold added].

A relatively small lunch-hour crowd of a few hundred cheered him, but the domestic political value of Mr. Adams’s official turnabout was demonstrated by the throng of local politicians who crowded about Mr. Adams. They pressed him to accept three different government proclamations, the Crystal Apple award extended by Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani to ranking foreign dignitaries, and a private New York Police Department boat tour of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.

The man who nowadays denounces anyone who even listens to terrorists, used to treat them as “foreign dignitaries”.

“I think President Clinton should greet [Adams]” declared the Mayor, joining the Irish visitor's own campaign for the Clinton Administration to honor him with a personal White House visit, which would add to the pressure on London for peace talks open to leaders of Northern Ireland's militant republican movement.

Not only did Rudy support negotiating with terrorists; he wanted the White House to strengthen one’s position. Yet even that wasn’t enough. Giuliani had prosecuted IRA partisans as a US Attorney. Of course he was only trying to advance his career, but a new career required a new position.

The Irish group was particularly delighted to hear Mr. Giuliani talk of the North's suffering under an "outside occupation force"

I remember shortly after 9/11, before Giuliani’s transformation to terror warrior was complete, he met with Adams again. The event had been quietly changed from an IRA/Sinn Fein fundraiser to a 9/11 victims benefit. Rudy was careful not be photographed next to his old comrade. Later that year Adams visited another old friend, Fidel Castro.

Giuliani was quick to remake himself as the man who was mayor on 9/11. Don’t forget that he was also the mayor who broke bread with a brutal killer.

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  • Dr Dreadful

    Point of order: Gerry Adams is/was the leader of Sinn Fein, a nationalist political party with links to the IRA. He was not a leader of the IRA itself.

    Quite what that meant in terms of his complicity in IRA terrorism depends on who you listen to. Certainly if you swallowed the rhetoric of most mainland and Unionist politicians of the time, the IRA and Sinn Fein were one and the same. But it’s a reach to term Adams a ‘brutal killer’ in the sense that he ever got his hands dirty, even if he did openly support the IRA’s activities.

  • http://www.outsidestory.com/ Mark Richard Adams

    Unlike groups such as Hamas, the political and military arms of the IRA operate under different names. However the difference is purely superficial.

    Adams leads the IRA’s ruling council which authorises every attack. There are also the beatings and murders carried out by his own personal bodyguards.

    If you are looking for a signed confession or an Al-Quaeda style video message you won’t find it; but Adams has scarcely veiled his role as IRA chief.

  • lexco

    Sen. Jake Knotts said Sunday he has the numbers, but he is not yet sure he would have the votes.
    Knotts, R-Lexington, has until noon today to decide whether he’ll submit stacks of petitions to the S.C. Election Commission in an attempt to place his name on the November ballot for governor as an independent.
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    Signed petitions “are still coming in from all over the state,” Shealy said. “We’re sitting down now to make sure that he’s going to pass muster with the election commission. The enthusiasm is out there, boy.”

  • bliffle

    I suppose Giulianis defense could be that these honorary things are pushed forward by political staff and he just rubber-stamps them. After all, many Americans supported the IRA before 9/11/2001.

    So we could claim that he picks poor staff members, but that’s hardly re-assuring since we are suffering under a pres who is terribly poor at picking staff, seeming to favor cronies over qualified people, and we even lost a city, New Orleans, because of that.

  • MBD

    Giuliani knew his former police commissioner, Bernie Kerik, was suspected of having ties to organized crime before he chose him to head the New York Police Department. Giuliani’s excuse is, “I think I should have done a better job of investigating him, vetting him, however you want to describe that, it’s my responsibility, and I’ve learned from it, I’ll make sure that I do a much better job of checking into people in the future.”

    And while he was mayor, Rudy failed to note and correct the problem of the police and fire departments having radios operating on different frequencies.

    Think of how many lives could have been saved on 9/11 if that problem had been corrected.

    After the World Trade bombing in 1993, the threat of another attack should have been clear.

    “Multi-Mistake Rudy” wants to be the pres? Can the country tolerate another mistake maker?

  • http://www.elitebloggers.com Dave Nalle

    By all means, let’s replace our presidents with computers or robots so that they never make mistakes, or with psychics so they can anticipate every possible need and potential mistake.

    Face it, even our leaders are human and they make mistakes. Hold them accountable, but let’s be realistic about it. Unlike so many of them, Giuliani owns up to and accepts resposnibility for his mistakes and his personal choices. What more could you reasonably ask for, short of a psychic robot, of course.

    Dave

  • http://blogcritics.org/writer/clavos Clavos

    Can the country tolerate another mistake maker?

    Why not?

    We’ve already had 43 of them.

  • http://blogcritics.org/writer/clavos Clavos

    Re # 7:

    Make that 42. I counted Cleveland twice.

  • STM

    Gerry Adams’ role was to head up a kind of respectable shopfront, if you like, to a disgraceful terror organisation run by people who take delight in killing, and many of those caught up in it were innocent men, women and children – Sinn Fein is not that different to those mob pizza parlour chains that make the mafia look respectable until you begin digging below the surface.

    Sinn Fein, the IRA, call ‘em what you like. They are two parts of the same monster. They make me ashamed of my Irish heritage, and sick to my stomach when I hear their monstrous bullsh.t. They are a pack of murderous psychopaths who preferred to kill and maim innocent people in pursuit of aims they could’ve achieved by going to the negotiating table in the first place.

    To pander to them is a disgrace, and Gerry Adams will always have blood on his hands just by association, whether he actually did any of the dirty work or not. Likely, he didn’t … but Sinn Fein is still the political wing of the IRA, and there’s no getting around it.

  • MBD

    “Face it, even our leaders are human and they make mistakes. Hold them accountable..”

    Bullshit.

    When they appear to lack good judgment they should be prohibited from exercising it.

    Making Rudy accountable means he gets to stay on the speaking circuit.

    If GWB had been held accountable in 2004, he’d be back on his Texas ranch and 2,000 dead American soldiers might still be alive.

    There’s no reason to believe that Giuliani would make better decisions than GWB.

    It’s not a crime to be stupid so how do you hold someone accountable for making dumb decisions?

    Better to not let them make their dumb decisions in the first place.

  • http://www.elitebloggers.com Dave Nalle

    MBD, I doubt you can tell in advance who’s going to make the right decision in a given situation. You just have to go with someone who seems sensible and is willing to learn from his mistakes.

    Bush’s big problem is his unwillingness to admit he even makes mistakes, much less learn from them. Giuliani doesn’t have that problem.

    And as I said before, if you want someone incapable of actually making a mistake you’re not going to find him in the current slate of candidates, or anywhere else in the real world.

    Dave

  • http://blogcritics.org/writer/clavos Clavos

    And as I said before, if you want someone incapable of actually making a mistake you’re not going to find him in the current slate of candidates, or anywhere else in the real world

    Nor have we ever.

    Every prez we’ve ever had has made mistakes; many of them very serious ones.

    That’s one of our problems; we expect the people who ascend to the presidency to somehow be perfect, when nobody is.

  • http://www.robot-of-the-week.com Christopher Rose

    STM, there were terrible things done by both sides during “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland. The inspiring thing is that the likes Adams and Paisley, both hardline extremists, have managed to get past that and move on.

    Let’s hope that this will serve as an example to some of the many other bitterly divided communities around the world…

  • http://www.elitebloggers.com Dave Nalle

    Every prez we’ve ever had has made mistakes; many of them very serious ones.

    That’s one of our problems; we expect the people who ascend to the presidency to somehow be perfect, when nobody is.

    IMO one of the problems with Bush is that he didn’t have much of a track record. That helped him get elected mostly on charm and good strategy, but it gave us no idea whether he could do the job.

    The difference with a lot of the current frontrunners is that we know how they’ve screwed up in the past and what they’ve done well. They have records to run on, so we know what to expect. I think that’s a good thing.

    Dave

  • http://www.robot-of-the-week.com Christopher Rose

    Bush certainly had a track record of business incompetence, dodging personal responsibility and cronyism – that should have raised enough doubts about his political ability, an ability that has been shown to be severely questionable at best…

  • STM

    Yeah, I realise that Rosey. I don’t much like the other mob either, believe me. They were just as bad. My mother was an Irish Catholic, and so I’ve been exposed to all the bullshit, not through her (she hated it all too), but with others through our family friendships and associations.

    So many wasted lives, families destroyed, people brutalised, and for what? Really, for what? Misplaced national pride that could have achieved everything it achieved at the table instead. Still, I hope it all goes well, I really do. I did like Adams’ announcements of the IRA’s intention to renounce violence completely and toss its arms. That’s a start. But geez, mate, there’s some real madness around it all – which I assume you’d be well aware of coming from the north-west of England.

  • http://www.robot-of-the-week.com Christopher Rose

    STM: My family were Methodist Protestants but I was always a non-conformist from the start.

    “Traditional” Manchester values were that the English working classes were Protestant and suppoorted Manchester City whilst the Catholics supported Manchester United.

    Indeed, City fans were supposed to support Glasgow Rangers and the Reds supported Celtic. I’ve no idea why Scotland got dragged into it but I was always a Red Devils/Rangers fans for some reason.

    The one uniting factor was really Lancashire County Cricket Club which everybody, rich or poor, could get behind!

    Anyway, back to the topic at hand, I really do hope that the slow but determined steps towards peace and unity in Northern Ireland do succeed and come to serve as a model for conflict resolution everywhere from the Balkans, the Middle East and other deeply troubled regions of the world. It’s good to have a beacon of hope and togetherness in these “interesting times”.