David Quinn: Why has Michael D heaped praise on an abuser of human rights like Hugo Chavez?
A FRIEND likes to say that the best way to understand Ireland is to think of it as a giant left-wing NGO. This helps to explain why, in 2010, Micheal Martin became only the second EU Foreign Minister to go to the Gaza Strip to talk to Hamas officials, even though the EU has named Hamas as a terrorist organisation and even though Hamas has promised to destroy the state of Israel.
It explains why, in 2009, the same Mr Martin became the first Irish Foreign Minister to make an official visit to Cuba.
It explains why Bertie Ahern was glad to get a kiss from Yasser Arafat and why Galway City wanted to erect a statue of the killer Che Guevara.