February 27, 2005


Bush cancels St Patrick’s Day party and tells Adams: you’re not wanted here (Ed Moloney and Torcuil Crichton, 2/27/05, Sunday Herald)

US President George W Bush is expected to announce in the next few days that this year’s St Patrick’s Day party in the White House will be cancelled in response to allegations that Sinn Fein members, including leader Gerry Adams, authorised December’s £26.5 million IRA bank robbery in Belfast.

The White House snub will further isolate Sinn Fein from the political mainstream, and comes as a man surrendered himself to police in connection with the IRA murder of a Belfast man that has thrown the organisation into crisis.

How about inviting Adams to the White House but arresting him out front? It would clear a bit of the stain of Bill Clinton letting him in the place and make for a sweet perp walk.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 27, 2005 12:00 AM

invite clinton as well and make it a twofer

Posted by: cjm at February 27, 2005 2:16 AM

Do we get to count the IRA as another casualty of the GWOT.

I read the linked article and I went through Google News and looked at a few more. Its clear to me that the closest analog to Gerry Adams was Arafat, the terrorist who thought that he could continue to be a terrorist and be accepted as a political leader.

Unfortunately. It is up to the Irish to arrest him.

For years US politicians, mostly Democrats, pandering to Irish Catholic groups, have condoned and sanctioned IRA terrorism. Liberal Jewish Politicians who would not condone Palestinian terrorism have winked at IRA terrorism in order to please Democrat Party in groups like the Kennedy family. And this despite known ties between the IRA, Soviet State sponsors of terrorsim and Arab terrorist organizations.

I cannot believe that the FBI and the CIA did not know where the money and arms were comming from and going to, so I can only conclude that it was a massive political falure that led to the mummery that supported the IRA terror campaign for so many years.

Effective police work in the US, Ireland and the UK would have brought the whole thing to an end fairly quickly had it not been protected by politicans at the highest levels. If Dublin had been located in the Middle East, would the UK have left one stone on top of another, after the London bombings of the 1970s? Why didn't the US impose sanctions on Ireland, or even threaten them?

There is a lot of blood on a lot of hands, and when the truth comes out there will be a lot of explaining to do.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at February 27, 2005 10:10 AM

With Adams, as with Arafat, Clinton demonstrated for all by the blinkered to see that it was not possible to end terrorism by talking and listening to its perpetrators. I'm sure that wasn't his intention, but it was helpful.

Posted by: Brandon at February 27, 2005 10:11 AM

Clinton's intention as always, was to accept the envelope with his cut of the action in it.

Wouldn't it be grand if bubba was filmed doing the perp walk right beside his friend Adams* and they were all led to Arafat's current digs!

What a party that would be.

*Isn't Adams a Kennedy in-law?

Posted by: erp at February 27, 2005 11:24 AM

Anybody remember what Principal Skinner once did with Bart and the other school troublemakers when the superintendant came to visit? Tell Adams and McGuinness they've just won shiny new bikes, tell them to show up at the WH to claim their prize, and then WHAM!!! Reopen Alcatraz and throw them in there.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at February 27, 2005 3:49 PM