Hillary Clinton is having an Al Gore Moment. Remember when the former vice-president claimed that he was inventor of the internet? The other day Ms Clinton was on CNN and claimed that she helped to bring peace to Northern Ireland . Lord Trimble of Lisnagarvey, the Nobel Peace Prize winner and former First Minister of the province said Ms. Clinton’s claims were a “wee bit silly” which is just a sophisticated way of saying she is full of Blarney.
“I don’t know there was much she did apart from accompanying Bill [Clinton] going around,” he said. Her recent statements about being deeply involved were merely “the sort of thing people put in their canvassing leaflets” during elections. “She visited when things were happening, saw what was going on, she can certainly say it was part of her experience. I don’t want to rain on the thing for her but being a cheerleader for something is slightly different from being a principal player.”
“There would have been no contact with her either in person or on the phone. I was with Hume regularly during calls in the months leading up to the Good Friday Agreement when he was taking calls from the White House and they were invariably coming from the president.”
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“I actually went to Northern Ireland more than my husband did,” she said in Nashua, New Hampshire on January 6th. “I remember a meeting that I pulled together in Belfast, in the town hall there, bringing together for the first time Catholics and Protestants from both traditions, having them sitting a room where they had never been before with each other because they don’t go to school together, they don’t live together and it was only in large measure because I really asked them to come that they were there. And I wasn’t sure it was going to be very successful and finally a Catholic woman on one side of the table said, ’You know, every time my husband leaves for work in the morning I worry he won’t come home at night.”
“And then a Protestant woman on the other side said, ’Every time my son tries to go out at night I worry he won’t come home again’. And suddenly instead of seeing each other as caricatures and stereotypes they saw each other as human beings and the slow, hard work of peace-making could move forward.”
Of course in true Clinton Fashion there is no record that meeting at Belfast City Hall she describes although the former first lady did attended a ceremony there when her husband turned on the Christmas tree lights in November 1995.
The “Belfast Telegraph” reported the next day that the café meeting was crammed with reporters, cameramen and Secret Service agents. Conversation “seemed a little bit stilted, a little prepared at times” and Mrs Clinton admired a stainless steel tea pot, which was duly given to her, for keeping the brew “so nice and hot”.
Among those attending were women from groups representing single parents, relationship counsellors, youth workers and a cultural society. In her 2003 autobiography “Living History”, Mrs Clinton wrote about the meeting in some detail but made no claim that it was significant.
Actually there were those who said Ms. Clinton did more harm than anything.
…….Steven King, a negotiator with Lord Trimble’s Ulster Unionist Party, argued that Mrs Clinton might even have helped delay the chances of peace. “She was invited along to some pre-arranged meetings but I don’t think she exactly brought anybody together that hadn’t been brought together already,” he said. Mrs Clinton was “a cheerleader for the Irish republican side of the argument”, he added. “She really lost all credibility when on Bill Clinton’s last visit to Northern Ireland [in December 2000] when she hugged and kissed [Sinn Fein leaders] Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness.”
It is really nice to know that Ms. Clinton learned something from Al Gore in their years together in her husband’s administration, maybe thats what she means about experience…falsehood experience.
Read the entire article here:Nobel winner: Hillary Clinton’s ‘silly’ Irish peace claims