Sunday, August 24, 2014

Ireland: Tyrone footballer Tommy McGuigan saw no problem in recently tweeting that we should assault Jews

Showing the kind of keen political understanding that we have come to know and expect of our Norn Iron [Northern Ireland] brethren, McGuigan - a former All-Ireland winner, lest we forget, felt no qualms about expressing his distaste for the situation in Gaza by encouraging his followers to randomly attack Jews on the street or in the workplace.

That is appalling enough in itself. But what has been remarkably depressing, although not very surprising, is the silence of the usual mob of poltroons who are so quick to hop on any perceived slight or threat against one of their pet ethnicities.

But Jews are not a pet ethnicity, you see, and they never have been, so therefore McGuigan isn't a racist, bigoted scumbag. No, he is merely expressing his horror at a situation he obviously knows absolutely nothing about.

The difference between actual freedom of speech and literal incitement to violence is very clear. You are perfectly entitled to express your contempt for a particular group or culture if you want. After all, that means you have to defend your position.

But when you start encouraging people to attack members of that group, you've crossed a line and entered the realm of violent rabble rousing.

The reason why so many of the Irish Left squeal so loudly when accused of anti-Semitism is because they know, deep down, that even if they aren't anti-Semitic themselves, there are plenty in their ranks.



Anonymous said...

Ireland did after all sympathise with the Nazis during WW2. Just proves that the Irish aren't the sharpest knives in the draw. I seem to recall the IRA providing assistance to the PLO so I guess Irish nationals also support the Arabs against the Jews as they supported the IRA against the British.

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