Thank Bob

Last Month Mick Hall felt that:

Bob Geldof by giving his honour back has done the people of Dublin a favour.

War criminal, tax dodger, and Bob saving the world so all three can live in luxury.

Bob Geldof has some chutzpah - it's how he has sustained his long career. But his latest publicity stunt takes the biscuit, when he renounced his Freedom of Dublin award rather than share it with Aung San Suu Kyi the Myanmar leader in protest over her alleged treatment of Rohingya Muslims.

Geldof, who hovers up these trinkets whereever he goes, had no problem accepting a knighthood on the recommendation of Mrs Thatcher, who at the time was busy crashing the UK's industrial core, closing factories and mines which left millions of people without work or hope.

The saintly Geldof excepted Betsy Windsor's gong while her army was engaged in a brutal war in the North of Ireland against what were British citizens. Geldof understood all this perfectly and knew by accepting this gong he would provide Thatcher and the English monarchy with window dressing.

Delivering his scroll to Dublin city council offices Geldof said:

Dublin should not have any truck with this war. She has let us Dubliners down, she has let Ireland down, because we thought she was one thing and we have been duped.*

It's Geldof who has let Ireland down by accepting a knighthood from a foreign monarch, whose military occupied Ireland for centuries against the wishes of the overwhelming majority of its peoples and in the north east of the island still does today.

Bob Geldof also had no problem receiving in 2011 an honorary doctorate of philosophy from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. This was at a time when Israel was blockading Gaza, and building settlements across the west bank, including adjoining east Jerusalem, which have been deemed illegal by the United Nations.

When returning his award Geldof also said this:

I would be a hypocrite now were I to share honours with one who has become at best an accomplice to murder.

Yet he is quite happy to share his knighthood with Henry Kissinger who attempted to bomb the northern half of Vietnam and parts of Cambodia back into the stone age in a war which left two million Vietnamese dead; who orchestrated the Pinochet coup and gave U.S. support for Pakistan, despite the genocide during the Bangladesh War.

Or Bill Gates, the tax dodger in chief, but then again he is a friend of Geldof, they say you can tell the character of a man by the company he keeps. I could go on as the list of unsavory individuals who have an honorary knighthood is almost endless.

We do not yet know whether Aung San Suu Kyi is complicit in the brutal treatment of the Rohingya Muslims who have fled in fear of their lives to Bangladesh. She may well be, however Geldof's grandstanding while staying quiet about the war crimes committed in Ireland and those of Bush and Blair, etcetera, makes him in my eyes a hypocrite and charlatan.

* It is worth noting Geldof is not a Dubliner these days, and hasn't been for decades. He has lived in England for almost all of his adult life.

Mick Hall blogs @ Organized Rage.

Follow Mick Hall on Twitter @organizedrage

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Anthony McIntyre

Former IRA prisoner, spent 18 years in Long Kesh. Free Speech advocate, writer, historian, humanist, and researcher.

1 comment to ''Thank Bob"

  1. well said. i wudnt give him the freedom of mullingar, never mind dublin. ponce. apologies to mullingar heads. i actually like the place. joe dolan, now there was a singer, unlike this lad who cant hold a note (unless its currency).


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