Wednesday, March 09, 2005

The IRA in "we're violent psychopaths" shocker!

A very odd development - if only for the fact that something everyone has known to be the case for the last 30+ years is finally out in the open, as the IRA has offered to shoot those of its members responsible for the death of Robert McCartney back in January. And - after decades of requests from the British government to stop supporting terrorists and three and a half years after 9/11 - the White House has finally seen the light and decided not to invite any representatives of the IRA's political wing to the White House for St Patrick's Day celebrations.

I am unsurprisingly not a fan of the IRA, so doubt I'm in much of a position to offer decent commentary. Instead, I suggest you check out the superb Slugger O'Toole, which is keeping a close eye on developments and reactions from all quarters. They have the full text of the IRA's statement, some interesting discussions, and lots of reasoned and knowledgable analysis. Well worth a look if you're at all interested in this forgotten war on terror.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a stupid question from an American, Why are Brits in Ireland? I am not trying to legitimize crime (or spell properly;) but I still don't see a reason for brits to claim irish land.

If this post seems stupid or redickurus ;), you need to leave me alone because I as drunk as the sky is blue.

3/14/2005 06:47:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am as

3/14/2005 06:48:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ha!

3/14/2005 06:48:00 am  
Blogger Nosemonkey said...

To explain why we ended up in Ireland in the first place would take forever - we're talking over 1,500 years of history here. Short answer - it was nearby, and we had a better army. Much like the US and Puerto Rico.

It is, however, well nigh impossible to explain why we're still in Northern Ireland. Britain gets very little benefit from it, and no end of hassle. About half the population want to be British, about half don't. The Republic of Ireland also doesn't really want the thing. In purely dispassionate terms it's far, far more trouble than it's worth, so no one wants anything to do with it. But we can't simply withdraw, because that would cause even more chaos.

Other questions worth asking:

1) Why has the UN never taken over peacekeeping duties?

2) Why have successive US administrations continued to support Sinn Fein and the IRA?

3) Why has it taken until this year for Sinn Fein to be excluded from White House St Patrick's Day celebrations, despite being the political front of a terrorist organisation?

4) Why do the so-called loyalists refuse to abide by British laws?

5) Why can't they all just grow up, stop all this macho bullshit, and try to get along?

3/14/2005 10:02:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im Irish and honestly dont see the problem with their statement.

5/24/2005 05:40:00 pm  

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