The Vile Candidate


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The next president of Ireland will not be a terrorism and pedophilia supporter.

That sounds like something that should be taken for granted, but in Ireland’s radicalized politics, it very nearly came about.

In July, Senator David Norris was heavily favored to be the first gay president of Ireland. His outspoken public personality and social media driven campaign had put him ahead in the polls and given him most of the political support he needed to win.

Irish Jews were not enamored of Norris who had become notorious for his attacks on Israel. Norris had called Gaza “an open air concentration camp” and repeatedly made comparisons to the Warsaw Ghetto”, denounced the “cynical, heartless and contemptible exploitation of the Holocaust” and called for an end to trade with Israel over the assassination of Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin.

Norris was no friendlier to America. During Bush’s visit to Ireland, Norris inquired whether he could be arrested on war crimes charges. In a 2005 statement, he compared the American interrogation of terrorists to the Gestapo, the CIA to the Nazis and suggested that America had the attacks of September 11 coming to it.

“Indeed, the media driven emphasis on the al-Qaeda inspired attack on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon failed to put this in the perspective of the activities of Western countries, led by the United States… Did they think it would never come home to roost?

Despite the appalling nature of the carnage in New York and Washington… the number of casualties was but a pinprick compared with what has been done to the subjugated people of this planet in the name of the West.”

Norris repeatedly denounced the War in Iraq, and went so far as to accuse America of causing a Holocaust in Fallujah. Senator Norris’ obsession with the United States led him to complain about matters of American politics that had no relation to Ireland, such as Scott Brown’s Senate victory.

But Norris did not limit his attacks on countries which defy terrorism to Israel and America. He also condemned the Colombian government for the death of FARC’s second command and praised Hugo Chavez, as a “remarkable man and campaigner for democracy and human rights.”

No wonder then that in 2009, Norris cheered that, “those who gloated at the demise of communism in the Soviet Union might find themselves attending the obsequies of capitalism during their lifetimes. To a certain satisfactory extent, this seems to be occurring. Socialism is beginning to happen, but it is a forced conversion.”

Norris also asserted that there is no Islamic threat, and that “the belief that civilization will be wiped out by Islamic fundamentalists is hysterical.”

Disturbing views such as these did not impede Norris’s bid to become the next President. But more troubling allegations began to surface involving pedophilia. Norris had aggressively attacked the Catholic Church over child molestation allegations, which made it all the more ironic that he had been caught sympathizing with child abusers.

Not only had Norris passed a motion for an “international solidarity campaign on behalf of the Paedophile Information Exchange,” an organization that supported legalizing pedophilia, but he had also commented in an article that there was something to be said for, “classic paedophilia, as practised by the Greeks.”

The final blow though did not come until the release of the Ezra Nawi clemency letter. Nawi, was a radical anti-Israel activist, who had received support from luminaries of the left like Noam Chomsky and Naomi Klein, during his various brushes with the law. But in 1997, Nawi had been in an Israeli court on a more personal matter, charged with statutory rape for his sexual relationship with a 15 year old Arab boy.

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  • reneeca

    Thank God this man did not win the election. I would hate to see Ireland go to the dogs and this man was truly a dog of the lowest caliber!

  • tarleton

    This is shameless hysteria…. ''strongly favoured to be the next president ''….that creep Norris had about as much chance of being president as Ron Paul did in the US
    Ireland is still one of the most religious and conservative countries in europe and it's a Leftist fantasy that they would elect a botboy for president …infact this is national enquirereske !

    • Daniel Greenfield

      I don't live in Ireland, but media consensus seemed to be that he was the favored candidate.

      • Lady_Dr

        The media consensus is always that the most loathsome creep (or sexual predator, corrupt politican, unpatriotic political pimp, out and out criminal or air-head) running will win. Why else do you think BHO, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, "little" Debbie Wasserman-Shultz, or Sen. Patty Murray made it big time? These are people who either have never had a real job, or could not get elected if they didn't have the press supporting them. No normal person would seriously want these cretins to have any power. If they public knew what they were really like they would want to, as Nixon said, "boil them in oil" (literally).

  • aamador1776

    Worrisome to me is that even this much tolerance for a piece of s**t like him could exits. The passive acceptance of corrupt morals and values of our society, that could allow crap like this to get on the ballot in the first place. Has the Left propaganda finally began to work. There seems to be a general tolerance of corrupt evil practices in the world. It seems to require a fever pitch threshold of bad behavior before people finally recoil from it.

    That worries me

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Media control goes a long long way. When the media keeps presenting a point of view as the default one, it begins to sink in.

  • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

    The things the Hasbaras say about you when you criticize Israel is amazing. But if you say something like, “Ehud Olmert is a corrupt pig,” it’s antisemitism.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      I call Olmert a corrupt pig all the time. So feel free to stop making up things to complain about.

    • ajnn

      huh ?

      this article is about a pedifile being given a national stage under the guise of 'tolerance.

      what has israel to do with this ?

      • Daniel Greenfield

        For people obsessed with a certain group, everything has to do with it.

        • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

          You’re the one who said “vile.” that makes this a Hasbara hit piece. Is he also “virulent?” Does he “spew venom?” When are people going to stop plagiarizing Abraham Foxman?

  • StephenD

    I don't see how this guy was able to get any traction at all. The Irish folk I know would possibly have had a chuckle over him as a passing nuance but they would give him no credence to be sure. I hope Tarleton is right. I hope this is a fluke and not a glimpse into Ireland’s future.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      The same way they get traction here. There's a common decline happening in the First World overseen by the left and its media outlets.

  • steven l

    Norris and Irish's practice a religion based on bigotery and vile ignorance. Not so much different from what one billion Muslim do.

  • Amused

    As the irish so often say about the Brits ….FOOOOK the Irish . First thing they oughta do is get rid of all their pedophile catholic priests

  • GKC

    Hey, and I thought the "fat cats" were the root of all evil….

  • Maura Collins.

    I am an Irishwoman and what Daniel writes is correct. This Norris had an altogether different agenda we were not privy to when it came to his views on pedophilia. Until a journalist gave an interview she had with him several years ago, we would never have heard of his views on the subject of pro man-child love except for her outing him. But it was his letter of appeal to the Israeli government on behalf of his ex lover, Nawi, that brought his campaign for the Presidency to a screeching stop. His hatred of Israel is well know in Ireland, his followers are of the rent-a-mind variety so they are the pupils who sally forth amongst the public to drop the seeds of doubt in their ears when it comes to Jews. For many centuries, Ireland was known as the 'Land of Saints and Scholars', today, we are a bankrupt nation, morals and morality have been tossed out in favor of the current 'enlightenment of entitlement' of a welfare mentality and it is Ireland and her people who are the worse off for this destruction, and not the likes of Norris and his rather revolting and effete lifestyle. Jews have lived in Ireland since the 12th. century and aside from a few glitches in the past they are superb people to live amongst. It is only in recent years, since the arrival of arabsmuslims, and the likes of Norris and his minions stirring the pot that this anti-Israeli mood has taken hold. There are less than 2 thousand Jews now residing there, yet somehow this seems to antagonize the latest arrivals beyond comprehension. I thank you from my heart Daniel for this splendid article. Maura Collins.

  • Steve Vercelli

    IRISH jews? Honestly, I didn't think that was possible..!

    Menachem Hanrahan?

  • I. Hollander

    Corruption and immorality are no longer in the Surprise category. This is our age, those we have elected, or might have. With the right financial and strategic backing, worthless scum can fashion and convey an inspiring message. Politicians are the mere puppet-actors of monied powers that don't want to get their hands dirty in the public realm. The mad grasping for power and control usurps any outdated concept of integrity or grand, inspirational projects for the betterment of the nation and its peoples. Each aspirant for himself (a porous, opportunistic self which entails his genie-like backers and orchestrators). This is the state of things: power at any cost. The public weal be damned (although that as well is corrupted by rising minorities of those on the dole in western, socialist-democracies). Force from below, from the revolutionaries, is as catastrophic as disintegration from above, the leaderlessship. And sandwiched in the middle, by historical forces, is the honest, hard-working common man and his family. So what's new in our evolution? Merely the speed of communications that hasten the ancient process of rise and decline, predictable as the seasons. The internet appeared and sustained as a great boon for lifestyle and knowledge; but now it too is merely a tool for mass exploitation and local subversion; its worst features and abilities co-opted by the angry, amoral rabble. Hopes and Changes are relative, subjective terms. Now in play are those that decent people would not recognize as humane or rational. Welcome to the new millennium! Even those of the once leading light, the U.S., seem but a prescription for rapid implosion and a values inversion. Chaos, crisis and anarchy growing rumors of the future.

  • Ghostwriter

    All I have to say is that what a creep David Norris is.

  • Noel

    I am pleased to inform one and all that, the very day after he finally received enough support for nomination, Senator Norris is now already leading the field – well ahead 2nd favourite M.D Higgins.

    The first sentence of this article is therfore – for the time being at least – as gloriously wrong as the general pitch of the whole piece.