Skip to comments.Peter King, IRA supporter and enthusiastic counter-terrorism advocate
Posted on 10/16/2013 7:16:02 AM PDT by nycteacher
In 1985, the Irish government boycotted the St. Patrick's Day parade in New York City, the biggest celebration in the Irish American calendar. The cause of its umbrage was Peter T. King, that year's grand marshal and someone the Irish government said was an "avowed" supporter of a terrorist organization, the Irish Republican Army.
King, then a local politician on Long Island, was one of the most zealous American defenders of the militant IRA and its campaign to drive the British out of Northern Ireland. He argued that IRA violence was an inevitable response to British repression and that the organization had to be understood in the context of a centuries-long struggle for independence.
ad_icon "The British government is a murder machine," King said. He described the IRA, which mastered the car bomb as an instrument of urban terror, as a "legitimate force." And he compared Gerry Adams, the leader of Sinn Fein, the IRA's political wing, to George Washington.
A quarter-century later, King is chairman of the powerful House Homeland Security Committee. After the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York and the Pentagon, he became an uncompromising supporter of the Bush administration's counterterrorism policies. And he has suggested that President Obama "use the word 'terrorism' more often" so people understand the seriousness of his purpose.
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Unfortunately in my experience in NY the Republican Party does not have primary members of Congress. The County Republican leaders sit in a room and pick those running. They certainly would not choose someone other than Peter King, who is entrenched in the Nassau County Republican machine.
If I lived in Mr. Kings district I would not vote for him and might seriously consider voting Democrat. Unfortunately NY is a lost cause with 2 Democratic Senators and only one other downstate Republican Representative.
Pete King is a scumbag.
If I were someone like, say, Jim DeMint, primarying and defeating Peter King would be a top priority of mine in the coming election.
The long knives are finally out for King. Maybe King should be more careful of what he says in public.
You know what they say: one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter...
King: next time you meet with your buddy, Gerry Adams, ask him about Jean McConville.