Video Flashback: SOS Hillary Rodham Clinton Honored by the American Ireland Fund
This is for Seamus in the comments who wanted a video of Secretary Clinton discussing Ireland. I couldn’t find the interview he was referring to but hopefully this will be just as good. I am glad to have found this because I don’t remember seeing this. Or maybe I did see it and my memory is shot.
I think looking at the situation with Northern Ireland is instructive given what they overcame during their own contentious peace process. I can’t help but think that the Northern Ireland peace process isn’t far from Secretary Clinton’s mind as she navigates through the waters of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. The two situations obviously aren’t exactly similar, but there were some of the same political barriers in that situation, not to mention a long contentious history filled with violence, partition and terrorism. And of course Senator George Mitchell was made Special Envoy to the Middle East in part because of the role he played in bringing about peace with the Good Friday Agreement. Even despite the agreement, the situation has been tenuous with setbacks, intermittent violence and gains over the last decade. Despite this, however, it shows that peace is possible.