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    Default John Hume in America and John Hume in General

    After watching the Documentary John Hume in America which was basically John Hume's life in politics I was surprised by a few insights.

    Hume was indeed a fiery and actionable politician in the early days of his career in Derry , His pacifist stance including his now famous walk on the beach had echo's of Gandhi.

    He was praised by Carter/Clinton/Mitchell but not by Seamus Mallin and there was no inclusion of Sinn Fein in the doc.

    Though he loomed large in the visual images of the peace process he came across as an isolated figure and if you read between the lines , one who's ideals could be commended but were not ground-breaking.

    Of course the documentary stated as fact that he alone had singlehandedly brought peace to the island we live on.

    anybody see it?

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    I tried to watch it but my god it was boring. All the speakers almost looked the same and said the same things.

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    A sort of forgotten character in the 'unity of minds' saga these days.
    Bringing reconciliation, mutual respect and cross community understanding to Northern Ireland through facts

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    Quote Originally Posted by PAGE61 View Post
    After watching the Documentary John Hume in America which was basically John Hume's life in politics I was surprised by a few insights.

    Hume was indeed a fiery and actionable politician in the early days of his career in Derry , His pacifist stance including his now famous walk on the beach had echo's of Gandhi.

    He was praised by Carter/Clinton/Mitchell but not by Seamus Mallin and there was no inclusion of Sinn Fein in the doc.

    Though he loomed large in the visual images of the peace process he came across as an isolated figure and if you read between the lines , one who's ideals could be commended but were not ground-breaking.

    Of course the documentary stated as fact that he alone had singlehandedly brought peace to the island we live on.

    anybody see it?
    The man who was never a member was interviewed.
    Overall, not a bad piece but I nearly threw up when I saw Bono being wheeled out.

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    John Hume was certainly after Peader O'Donnell and Francis Stuart the greatest Ulster man of the last century.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ratio Et Fides View Post
    John Hume was certainly after Peader O'Donnell and Francis Stuart the greatest Ulster man of the last century.
    The other two were not born in the north , though I know what you mean .

    Samuel Beckett was born in Enniskillen ..one of my favourite irishmen

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    Quote Originally Posted by PAGE61 View Post
    The other two were not born in the north , though I know what you mean .

    Samuel Beckett was born in Enniskillen ..one of my favourite irishmen
    Well they were of Ulster stock which is the important thing.

    I have to say that I strongly disagree with you on the subject of Samuel Beckett.

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    John Hume and the SDLP were one of the few heroic groups during
    the Troubles.

    They were attacked by both Republican and Loyalist savages.

    And they didn't have the threat of bombs and guns to back themselves
    up, like the Sinn Féin scumbags.

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    John Hume one of the greatest men in Irish history who played a major role in bringing peace to NI and ending the troubles sadly he now suffers from dementia but his role in Irish politics will never be forgotten.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ratio Et Fides View Post
    John Hume was certainly after Peader O'Donnell and Francis Stuart the greatest Ulster man of the last century.
    Trust you to laud an anti Semite.

    At least you're consistent - but not in a good way.

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