The attacks of September 11, 2001, signaled the beginning of the end for al Qaeda and other Muslim terrorist groups. They also were the death knell for the Irish Republican Army, a terrorist group that, for reasons I could never fathom, was viewed affectionately by quite a few Americans, including Ted Kennedy. Somehow, after September 11 terrorist groups didn’t have the same cachet, and the handwriting was on the wall for the IRA. President Bush never had the same tolerance for the IRA that Bill Clinton, who welcomed Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams to the U.S., did.
Now, the sickening murder of Robert McCartney has exposed the IRA as a depraved gang of thugs, and opinion in Northern Ireland seems to have turned solidly against the terrorist group. The IRA, desperate to stop the erosion of its authority, turned to the only expedient it knew: it offered to murder McCartney’s killers.
President Bush has lost no time expressing his contempt for the Irish terrorists. Gerry Adams, head of the IRA’s political puppet group, Sinn Fein, is coming to America. But this time, Clinton’s order allowing him to raise money here among Irish-Americans has been reversed, and President Bush is treating Adams with the disgust he deserves:
President George Bush has ordered that Mr Adams be frozen out of official engagements during his visit to America, furious that the Sinn Fein leader had betrayed his efforts to help restart the Northern Ireland peace process. Mr Bush now views Mr Adams in the same unfavourable light as he did Yasser Arafat, a senior presidential adviser said.
Mr Bush was enraged to learn that at the same time as he was pressing Mr Adams late last year to reactivate a power-sharing deal, the IRA was planning the