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Hurley's Twisted View


Lonnie Painter • 31 October 2004

I'm confused as to why this right winger is given space in the Blanket to promote his twisted logic as to why John Kerry should not be elected president. I don't want to fight the Viet Nam war again but this was a war of national liberation fought by indigenous people against a foreign power (U.S.A.). This should be something all Irishmen and women should understand. That Kerry came back and spoke out against what the US was doing was both righteous and brave.

The terrible tragedy of that war was that we killed almost 2,000,000 Vietnamese and we were wrong about the reasons why we thought we had to win. This was a war mostly fought by Blacks, Hispanics and poor Whites. And woe to the disabled soldiers who came back to find the government cared not a bit and stuck them in a pigsty of a veterans system (read or watch the video "Born on the 4th of July" to see how the ungrateful government treated those veterans). The rich very seldom went. (I wonder if Hurley was like our brave president and vice president and got a rich-mans deferment?)

We learned like the Brits that you can not conquer a people when they have right on their side. To learn a little more about this check out the video 'The Fog of War" and maybe you will understand what thought went into that useless war.

This Hurley is so far to the right on issues of self determination he would probably still favor slavery. He talks about Kerry being wrong about Central America and praises Ronald Ray-gun. Since when were we on the side of the Military dictatorships in Central America? And speaking of Ronald Reagan, he thought the IRA to be nothing but criminals and agreed with everything Margaret Thatcher did on the Irish question. He also was against freeing Nelson Mandela and once said, "there is no segregation in South Africa". As I remember, the Sandanistas had more in common with Irish Freedom Fighters than Patrick Hurley's hero, Oliver North.

What's up with the Blanket. Hurley belongs on talk radio with Rush Limbaugh and other hate mongers. What the F**k is he doing on these pages?



















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31 October 2004

Other Articles From This Issue:

Blanket Interview: Hugh Orde
Carrie Twomey & Anthony McIntyre

The Convict and the Cop
Suzanne Breen

Thanks and Goodbye
Diarmuid Fogarty

In Response to: John Kerry, the Wrong Choice
Saerbhreathach Mac Toirdealbhaigh

The True Face of a One-Eyed Jack
Richard Wallace

Hurley's Twisted View
Lonnie Painter

Three More Votes for Kerry-Edwards
Kristi Kline

Your Silence Will Not Protect You
Joanne Dunlop

The Orange Order: Personification of anti-Catholic Bigotry
Father Sean Mc Manus

Double Standards and Curious Silences
Paul de Rooij

29 October 2004

Questioning Collusion
Mick Hall

Mary Kelly’s Protest ‘An Act of Passive Resistance’
Ruairi O Bradaigh

Death and the Pool
Anthony McIntyre

John Kerry: The Wrong Choice on November 2nd
Patrick Hurley

The Emerging Case for a Single State in Palestine
Todd May

The Clash Thesis: A Failing Ideology?
M. Shahid Alam



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