Thursday, October 19, 2006

Baseball bat justice

Picture the scene: the police get a call saying a young man has been kidnapped and taken from his home by a group of men armed with wooden bats. They find him later with a broken leg. Half an hour later they stop a car, recover a wooden bat and iron bars and arrest a man. Then they stop another car and recover a gun.

But then a crowd gathers and hails the police with missiles.

If you told me this happened in Liberia or the Ivory Coast I'd be shocked, but not surprised. But it happened last night in Belfast, more specifically in Ballymurphy, the home and central powerbase of one Gerard Adams.

This attack had nothing to do with political machinations in the wake of the St Andrews talks; it was a large group of thugs with no respect for public law and order, people filled with hatred against the authorities in Northern Ireland and against many of their own kind.

The leadership and middle ranks of the Republican movement have turned the corner and embraced democracy instead of mob rule. I applaud them for that. But they have to take the Banana Republicans with them.

4 Comments:

At 11:19 a.m., Blogger Cybez said...

I'd suggest that this is due to the leadership and middle ranks of the Republican movement and their attitude to policing here.

The phrase 'Actions speak louder than words' also springs to mind and will every time I see or hear Gerard Adams on TV or radio.

 
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At 3:13 a.m., Anonymous bill said...

Hopefully the rule of law will be accepted by all. The thugs that don't, regardless of professed politics, can then be dealt with correctly. Maybe a dangerous offender category could be introduced and repeat offenders could be off the streets for indefinite periods or perhaps life. If fortune really smiles on us, they will resist arrest.

 
At 12:50 p.m., Blogger Cybez said...

Lets hope so. I read in the Bel Tele today that the Shinners were discussing policing today, or this weekend, so we might hear soon.

off topic... Is Karen Mc Cullagh a new breed of spammer we need to watch out for now?

 

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