Peter King (R-NY) Supported Terrorists (IRA)
"Regarding the 30 years of violence during which the IRA killed over 1700 people, including over 600 civilians, King said, ""If civilians are killed in an attack on a military installation, it is certainly regrettable, but I will not morally blame the IRA for it"."
Now I don't profess to understand "radical" Islamic ideology. But don't the two groups hold similar beliefs? The IRA was at "war" with Britain and attacked their military installations without any qualms about killing civilians. Radical Muslims are supposedly at war with the United States and attacked a military installation (The Pentagon) without any qualms about civilian deaths. Sounds the same to me!!
Yet Peter King apparently saw nothing wrong with defending terrorists who fit the very image that he's conjured up about Muslims.
Peter King was friends with Anto Murray who "planned or authorised every IRA bombing, shooting and killing in the city of Belfast." Peter King even gave the terrorist mastermind's wife Lucy a tour of the United States Capitol. Nice huh?
Wait, it gets even better!!
King became involved with an organization called NORAID which was believed to be supplying the terrorists (IRA) with weapons and financing their activities. Aiding and abetting terrorists? Giving aid and comfort to the enemy? Sound familiar?
King "refused to condemn IRA activities in the UK." Ironic considering that he accuses Muslims of doing the same thing, refusing to condemn terrorist activities.
King is also a staunch opponent of illegal immigration. His hypocrisy knows no bounds!! "In 2008, King spoke in defense of bail for a fugitive IRA member, Pól Brennan, who had escaped from prison in the UK and been detained in Texas 15 years later. The IRA member, who had broken out of prison during the Maze Prison escape and entered America illegally, was being held without bail after his work permit expired; King said: "My experience dealing with (Irish) republicans is that they don't jump bail in this country. They honor their commitments.""
This man was not only a fugitive for having escaped prison in the UK, but he was also an ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT who was caught in the United States. Yet King supported letting him out on bail because he was going to "honor his commitments like any good old Irish Republican does." How about honoring the commitment to serving out the damn prison sentence? Oh no!! He was after all, in Peter King's own words, "A brave man who was struggling against British imperialism." because he was a member of the IRA.
I don't want to assume that he still holds the same beliefs. However, the only reason he distanced himself from supporting the IRA was because the Irish people opposed the invasion of Iraq. It was certainly not because the IRA was a terrorist organization. Despite the United States labeling it as such, Peter King still supported the IRA and its members.
Imagine a Peter King-esque politician holding "hearings" about Peter King-like individuals who supported a terrorist organization, refused to denounce terrorism, and had radical beliefs. Peter King may have found himself in a place like GITMO.