On October 12, 1984, at the Grand Hotel in Brighton, England, a bomb went off, killing five people and critically wounding 31 others. The bomb was placed almost a month before its detonation in order to kill conservative icon and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher along with her cabinet.
Thatcher narrowly escaped injury, but Member of Parliament (MP) Sir Anthony Berry and Eric Taylor, North-West Area Chairman of the Conservative Party, were killed. Along with the two men killed were three women, all wives of prominent Conservative Party members.
The Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) claimed responsibility.
Just five years prior, in 1979, the Irish National Liberation Army, a subgroup of the IRA, killed PM Airey Neave when they detonated a bomb placed under his car in the House of Commons. That same year, Richard Sykes, Ambassador to the Netherlands, was murdered by the IRA.
In 1981, Norman and James Stronge, both members of the Northern Ireland House of Commons, were murdered by the IRA when they bombed the Stronge household.
In 1987, the IRA murdered, by car bomb, Lord Justice of Appeal in Northern Ireland (the “number two judge”) Maurice Gibson and his wife Cecily.
In 1990, Ian Gow, Minister of State for the Treasury and a former PM, was murdered when a bomb detonated under his car at his home, killing him not instantly, but 10 minutes later. The IRA claimed responsibility.
The list goes on and on.
In total, the IRA is responsible for the direct murders of 1,823 people since its creation in 1969. The organization is described as one of the “most violent terrorist groups in recent European history.”
I wonder how many Americans, let alone Republicans, know that a member of our House of Representatives was a long-time supporter and advocate for this violent terrorist group.
They (Republicans) probably don’t know because they’re too busy accusing President Obama, Rep. Keith Ellison and Huma Abedin of being terrorist supporters that they can’t look in their own backyard.
Peter King, Republican Representative from New York’s 2nd District is the member. The same guy who held hearings on the radicalization of Muslims in America himself was quite the radical when it came to supporting terrorism.
King once referred to the IRA as “the legitimate voice of occupied Ireland.” Because of his unwavering support for the terrorist group, he was banned from appearing on or associating with the BBC by British censors. Even when the IRA detonated a bomb that killed nine Northern Irish police officers, he refused to condemn them. Instead, 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.”
King was also friends with Gerry Adams, a Northern Ireland politician and leader within the IRA since the 1970s. King went so far as to compare Adams to George Washington.
In 1982, as the Comptroller of Nassau County, New York King pledged his support for the IRA, saying, “those brave men and women who this very moment are carrying forth the struggle against British imperialism in the streets of Belfast and Derry.” It was because of this support the Irish government refused to participate in New York’s Saint Patrick’s Day parade.
For a time, King was involved with the Irish Northern Aid Committee (NORAID), an organization that funded IRA activities and provided weapons to the terrorists, the same ones used to murder 1,823 people.
Since the 1970s, King had religiously traveled to Northern Ireland to meet with members of the IRA, and counted its members as his personal friends. His travels stopped before the towers fell on 9/11, and he hasn’t returned since. He severed ties in 2005, after the IRA officially disbanded, but even then he stumped for them after the mafia-style killing of Robert McCartney in a Belfast Pub.
So there we have it. A member of our House of Representatives *was* a sympathizer and supporter of radical terrorism. His name is Peter King. Like most Republicans he set aside his ideals, no matter how warped, to hop on the re-election train of hypocrisy called the fear of terrorism.
Just recently, King said Speaker Boehner’s resignation signaled that the “crazies” have overtaken Congress. King is the definition of crazy.
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