Monday, March 16, 2009

Keeping an eye on the Tsar

It's quite an achievement to manage some breathtaking hypocrisy in a few lines of diplomatic babble but here's Irish foreign minister Micheál Martin with Hillary Clinton today in Washington --

FOREIGN MINISTER MARTIN: First of all, we warmly welcomed the decision to close Guantanamo, and indeed Ireland was one of the first countries out calling for its closure.

The problem is that the meaningless me-firstism that he cited has to be put in context of Ireland's tacit cooperation with Gitmo through the rendition flights at Shannon, for which the government has dodged accountability by demanding "evidence" knowing full well that the US won't provide it.

Perhaps Minister Martin is promising full cooperation with Binyam Mohamed's legal team?

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