I don’t claim to understand much of anything about Northern Ireland, but this depressing story is worth a read:
The president of Sinn Fein, Gerry Adams, was arrested and questioned Wednesday night about the 1972 abduction and murder of a widowed mother of 10, whose body was found on a beach in the Irish Republic in 2003, according to the Sinn Fein website and the police in Northern Ireland.
In the tapes, two former members of the I.R.A., now dead, detailed their involvement in bombings as well as executions and kidnappings, including that of Mrs. McConville. The two, Brendan Hughes and Dolours Price, the former wife of the actor Stephen Rea, also accused Mr. Adams of authorizing the abduction, a claim Mr. Adams has repeatedly and strongly denied.
There’s little doubt, in other words, that King knowingly provided resources to the IRA. And through his close association with Sinn Fein’s Gerry Adams, the leader of the IRA’s political wing, he may have even provided coordinated advocacy: Congressman-elect King lobbied for Adams to be a guest at Bill Clinton’s inauguration.