Talk about irony. On the very day that CNN published a glowing report about former Sen. George Mitchell’s diplomatic efforts in Northern Ireland, violence erupted at a British Army barracks on the Emerald Isle.
Yesterday, the Atlanta-based cable news network published a Mitchell-adoring piece on its web site under the headline, Out of trouble: How diplomacy brought peace to Northern Ireland. Hardly subliminal, the piece seemed to be focused on inspiring left-handed (i.e., liberal) applause for the man President Barack Obama named recently as his Middle East envoy.
A short time later, however, Sky News provided a different flavor of news from the Emerald Isle under the headline, Army Barracks Shooting: Two Soldiers Dead:
The two soldiers shot dead at an army barracks in Northern Ireland were killed as pizza was being delivered – two delivery boys are among the wounded.
And several paragraphs later:
The attack happened just 36 hours after Northern Ireland Chief Constable Sir Hugh Orde said undercover soldiers had been called in to carry out surveillance operations on dissidents.
This was amid warnings the threat against his officers and military personnel was at its highest for almost a decade.
What is one to think about Mitchell, the man so many on the left credit with negotiating a 1998 peace accord, after the apparent failure of his “Mitchell Principles” in Northern Ireland? Was he properly vetted? Will President Obama ask him to resign?
UPDATE 3-09-09 at 4:41 p.m: The headline on the front page (right) of The (UK) Daily Telegraph newspaper today tells all. A follow-up story shows the attack, by a group calling itself the Real IRA, captured on closed-circuit television cameras.
UPDATE 3-10-09 at 1:58 p.m: Sky News is reporting that a police officer on patrol in Northern Ireland was shot dead in what’s been described as an “evil deed” by terrorists.