and did an excellent job explaining the current trouble in Ireland and how the whole Boston College situation has thrown a stink bomb into the fragile peace in Ireland. A copy of the radio program can be found here. A copy of the TV show can be found here. Since my work computer does not have a sound card, I have no ability to embed these directly into this diary and test them, so hopefully following the links is not too much of an issue.
I did not hear either program until their rebroadcasts last night. Otherwise, I would have written earlier, but I must say it was refreshing for once to actually hear about this situation without having to wade through a cesspool of baseless personal attacks and insults, IMHO of course. Points I had not considered included:
1) Because the UK is one of the few allies in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the US is probably unwilling to defy one of our few friends.
2) There are exceptions in our treaties that allow the US to not turn over information, and because of the fragile peace accord and its potential disruption, these exceptions could apply in this situation.
3) When John Kerry was the junior senator under Senator Kennedy, he would
often speak out on the side of supporting a peace process, but now that he is Secretary of State, he has said “almost” nothing.