Nobel winner: Hillary Clinton's 'silly' Irish peace
Source: Telegraph (UK) (8-3-08)
Hillary Clinton had no direct role in bringing peace
to Northern Ireland and is a "wee bit silly" for
exaggerating the part she played, according to Lord
Trimble of Lisnagarvey, the Nobel Peace Prize winner
and former First Minister of the province.
"I dont know there was much she did apart from
accompanying Bill [Clinton] going around," he said.
Her recent statements about being deeply involved were
merely "the sort of thing people put in their
canvassing leaflets" during elections. "She visited
when things were happening, saw what was going on, she
can certainly say it was part of her experience. I
dont want to rain on the thing for her but being a
cheerleader for something is slightly different from
being a principal player."
Mrs Clinton has made Northern Ireland key to her
claims of having extensive foreign policy experience,
which helped her defeat Barack Obama in Ohio and Texas
on Tuesday after she presented herself as being ready
to tackle foreign policy crises at 3am.
"I helped to bring peace to Northern Ireland," she
told CNN on Wednesday. But negotiators from the
parties that helped broker the Good Friday Agreement
in 1998 told The Daily Telegraph that her role was
peripheral and that she played no part in the
gruelling political talks over the years.
Posted on Saturday, March 8, 2008 at 11:12 PM