Sunday, November 11, 2007

Lest we forget ...

Interesting article by Kevin Myers in yesterday's Irish Independent (here) in which he berates successive Éire governments for not crushing the IRA, in particular in the wake of the Enniskillen massacre.

I doubt whether that would have been possible, but I'd love to have seen it done - especially if the British government had routed the so-called Protestant terrorists too. And, together, cleansed the RUC and An Garda Síochána of the minority of colluders who tarnished their reputations.

As Soren Kierkegaard observed, life has to be lived forwards but can only be understood backwards. Because we can't alter history let's just be thankful there's peace now. Let's hope the UDA and the rest of them also disarm, and while we're at it let's hear Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness make personal apologies for the IRA's campaign of terror on their fellow Irishmen.


At 4:07 a.m., Anonymous bill said...

Although I am no longer a protestant per se and certainly not catholic, I can't help but be thankful, especially after reading Kevin Myers' article, that my background is in the protestant community so I can hold my head high. The article indicates that there has never been a protestant atrocity ever, I'm sure that goes back all the way to pre 1921. Thank goodness that protestants have absolutely nothing to apologize for, only the evil, wicked Gerry and Martin duo.

At 2:33 p.m., Anonymous Reg said...

Indeed Bill. According to Herr Myers, nationalist Ireland (never mind the IRA) and Islam are behind all the world's ills.

The Irish Govt had its chance to assert itself as the true protector of Irish citizens in the 6 counties in 1969. Jack Lynch bottled it and allowed the provos to become the force they eventually became. It's a shame it took the Irish Govt until Easter this year to remember it is the true heir to the national movement of 1918-21.


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