Return to war not an option

Danny Morrison, believes that with all the speculation around the identity of perpetrator of the December bank raid, some commentators have lost some perspective. He also argues that there is no return to out and out war by the IRA on the cards.His reasoning is essentially practical:

The British government factors into its calculations and negotiations that the IRA cannot return to armed struggle without Sinn Féin paying a heavy price electorally. Undoubtedly, because there is a degree of association, Sinn Féin’s vote would suffer. However, the reason why a return to armed struggle would be foolhardy is because it would be a return to a military stalemate.

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty

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