Friday, August 14, 2009
Mary Robinson, Irish Legend
Barack Obama presents Mary Robinson with the US Medal of Freedom
Mary Robinson is a bit of a hero of mine. I am currently studying Irish constitutional law and know that the former President has one of the best understandings of Bunreacht Na Heireann than anyone else in Ireland. She helped drag Ireland out of its socially conservative past. She is the best civil libertarian this country has ever produced. And She was a great president of Ireland. This is why I was so angered by the reaction of the pro Israel lobby to President Obama's decision to award her the Medal of Freedom this week. They called her an anti semite because of her connection with the disastrous 2001 Durban conference on racism, which turned out to be an Israel bashing conference. Her connection however was tenuous. But the truth is the pro Israel lobby used Mary Robinson, a woman most of them knew nothing about, and dragged her name through the mud so they could throw a cheap dig at President Obama, low, really low.