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Obama’s Wrong About Irish Protestant And Catholic Walls

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Wayne Huston of Newsbusters yells about the huge error in the Berlin Obamarama speech that none of the MSM’s decided to point out. The bold emphasis is Huston’s.

The walls between old allies on either side of the Atlantic cannot stand. The walls between the countries with the most and those with the least cannot stand. The walls between races and tribes; natives and immigrants; Christian and Muslim and Jew cannot stand. These now are the walls we must tear down.

We know they have fallen before. After centuries of strife, the people of Europe have formed a Union of promise and prosperity. Here, at the base of a column built to mark victory in war, we meet in the center of a Europe at peace. Not only have walls come down in Berlin, but they have come down in Belfast, where Protestant and Catholic found a way to live together; in the Balkans, where our Atlantic alliance ended wars and brought savage war criminals to justice; and in South Africa, where the struggle of a courageous people defeated apartheid.

As Catholics become the majority religion in Northern Ireland, and as Nationalists start to dominate the DUP, Obama’s statement is a misstatement.

Obama claims that the walls built to separate Protestant from Catholic have come down in Belfast. Well, in fact, they have not. In reality MORE ARE BEING BUILT all the time.

As a May 5th USA Today story chronicles, “Ten years after peace was declared in Northern Ireland, one might have expected that Belfast’s barriers would be torn down by now. But reality, as usual, is far messier. Not one has been dismantled. Instead they’ve grown in both size and number.”

Irish Political Studies Data Yearbook 2008

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Written by smalltalkwitht

July 28, 2008 at 5:56 pm

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