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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

NI bigots advise Iraqi bigots on peace

The world, with its constant ability to astound and amaze with wonderful ironies, has managed an absolute beauty of the genre this week.

The sectarian leaders overseeing the internecine bloodbath in Iraq have sought the help of Sinn Fein and the DUP in learning to overcome their differences.

Yes, when you find yourself embroiled in a bloody conflict between two communities who look the same, speak the same and worship the same God in marginally different ways, the people you need to help find a way out of the horror are obviously those who managed to sustain an identical conflict for three decades past its sell-by date!

Getting advice on creating peace from Martin McGuinness is like getting lessons in bedside manners from Dr Harold Shipman. And being taught about mutual respect and cross-community engagement by Jeffrey Donaldson is akin to being tutored in multiculturalism by Adolf Hitler.

If the Iraqis, already beleaguered by the ongoing occupation of their country by Britain and the United States, really needed some advice from Ulster politicians, surely the people to send were Nobel laureates John Hume and David Trimble?

The fact that those loons McGuinness and Donaldson were sent not only underlines the pointlessness of the exercise, but also confirms it as nothing more than a junket for those whose attention ought to be on the tanking Northern Irish economy instead.

PS I am very keen to let known my thoughts on Africa, and have plenty of pics to accompany the ranting. However, ongoing net deprivation in the burbs continues to frustrate. Please stay tuned!


Medbh said...

Poor John Hume. I haven't heard a peep about him in ages. Retired?

JC Skinner said...

Long since. Health reasons. I did spot him at a reception held by the US Ambassador about a year back, though. But he's not really active anymore, more's the pity.
But I'm sure he might have made an exception to help out the horrific tragedy that is ongoing in Iraq.

Flirty Something said...

was dozing this morning when I heard this, woke me right up.

Anonymous said...

It was more an exercise in helping N.I people say, 'hey look we have politicians that can help others now, while the killers here are walking the streets, after destroying our country for the past 30 years. Wonder when they will let the Guantanamo Bay ones out?

JC Skinner said...

Difference is, there is no evidence against the bulk of Guantanamo detainees, nor were any of them tried or convicted in a court of law.
Unlike the NI killers walking the streets, of course.

PCarr said...

I know this is a bit old but I interviewed the guy who set up the forum between the NI pols and the Iraqi.

It was pretty interesting to see how NI pols can make fortune on the lecture circuit if all else goes to shit.

You can listen to it on the following link.