Dissident Republican Anthony McIntyre uses Chomsky to provide a lesson that should not be lost on every side of the conflict in Ulster:
“If we propose some principle that is to be applied to antagonists, then we must agree – in fact, strenuously insist – that the principle apply to us as well.”
“The unionists …are finding it all too easy to steal the moral high ground. It is cumbersome to argue against Trimble who manages to sound eminently reasonable – even if his motives are what republicans allege them to be – when he calls for the post of monitor to go to a person of “unimpeachable integrity” who could give ‘an absolutely independent assessment’.”
He goes on:
“In June of last year Gerry Adams was saying of the British Government that he didn’t know whether to believe them or not. It is a fair point but one which is balanced by the presence of a lot of people who dont believe republicans.
“How then, in a situation of mutual suspicion, is the judgement call to be made sans an outside arbiter? In any event what would a democratic republicanism seeking to empower rather than control people have to fear?”
And he finishes by quoting from the proverbial turbulent priest, Des Wilson:
Democrats never lose anything by telling people too much rather than too little.”