Posted on Jan 24, 2021
"The road to Irish unity is long and winding... now more within reach today than at any time," Senator Chuck Schumer, U.S. Senate Majority Leader since January 20th, told an Irish Republican audience recently.
This came as no surprise to those of us who watch terrorist sympathisers and apologists such as Schumer very closely, writes Gary Cartwright.
"I wish you the best in your critical efforts to build support for a truly united Ireland," he said.
Playing to his Irish-American support base, the Senator hit the headlines on both sides of the Atlantic recently with his support for Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) terrorist Malachy McAllister, jailed for seven years for two terrorist attacks on police officers in 1981. He had, by his own admission, served as an armed lookout in the shooting of a Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) officer, who was wounded in the incident, and, in a separate incident, with conspiring with others to kill another RUC officer.
McAllister (pictured with Schumer) subsequently fled to Canada in 1988, where authorities rejected his bid for asylum. Along with his family he entered the United States on a tourist visa in 1996, and and stayed on illegally in New Jersey, where he ran a construction business for many years.
Since 2003 he has been facing deportation, becoming a cause célèbre for U.S. politicians chasing the Irish vote. 9/11, however, turned U.S. public opinion against the men of terror, and he found it harder to maintain his position.
In June 2020 he turned himself in to U.S. immigration authorities in New Jersey, arriving in Dublin just days later.
In April 2018 Schumer met with the sons of convicted terrorist and Sinn Fein/IRA leader, the late Martin McGuiness, the man believed to have fired the first shots in what was to become known as "Bloody Sunday", when a peaceful protest on January 30th 1972 turned into a bloodbath in which 26 civilians died, thus handing the republicans a significant propaganda victory.
The Senator threw his support behind the so-called "McGuiness Principles", supporting the Republican aim of a united Ireland.
I have a long and proud history of supporting efforts to achieve peace, justice, reconciliation and self-determination for all the people of Ireland... I am hopeful and confident that all parties working together can achieve these vital goals.
Schumer is not the only U.S. politician to cosy up to terrorists in search of the Irish vote, of course. JFK, Bill Clinton, Joe Biden himself have all jumped on the bandwagon.
But the grainy image on the right should send a chill down the spine. Malachy McAllister is seen here cosying up to Senator George J. Mitchell, Senate Majority Leader from 1989 to 1995, the position Schumer now occupies.
Mitchell was appointed United States Special Envoy for Northern Ireland by President Clinton in 1995 giving him a leading role in peace negotiations at that time.
Him whose impartiality was often called into question, particularly when it came to decommissioning of IRA weapons.
25 years on, a United Ireland, and the breakup of the United Kingdom, appears to be very much a part of U.S. Democratic Party policy.
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