John F. Kennedy – the Warmonger Ireland can be Proud of.
Alán Camilo Cienfuegos discusses the true legacy of the bizarrely beloved JFK.
It is 50 years since John F. Kennedy, then president of the US, visited Ireland, in 1963. And now, just as then, the media both here and in the US is replete with praise and admiration for the man, America’s first Catholic president, the great-grandson of Irish emigrants from County Wexford. The Irish Times piece of June 19th entitled ‘Flame transfer celebrates transformational John F. Kennedy’ is particularly illuminating in its quoted praise for the former president, describing a memorial service in Washington’s Arlington Cemetery on June 18th, at which the ‘eternal flame’ at Kennedy’s graveside was transferred to a torch, to be carried to Dublin and thence to New Ross in Co. Wexford by Irish Navy vessel, where it will light an ‘emigrant flame’ on the quay front. The ceremony is to be…
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