WaPo: Adams faced with a stark choice!

Glenn Frankel, London bureau chief of The Washington Post poses the question that’s gripping some in America, and not simply because of its abiding interesting in all matters Irish around this time of year:

Can a paramilitary organization ever leave behind its violent past and reconcile itself to becoming just another voice in a country’s political power structure?

He goes on to make a negative judgement on the Republican movements impact on local civil society:

The IRA and Sinn Fein have long ruled certain areas, protecting residents from hostile outside forces but controlling them with a ruthless discipline not unlike that wielded by the Communist Party in Fidel Castro’s Cuba. The IRA is not just a paramilitary organization, but a way of life. Everything from child-care centers to local jobs to youthful misbehavior fall under its purview. Those who stray can be ostracized, beaten or even shot.

  • Circles

    Berti Ahern hopes so

  • Alan McDonald

    Just wanted to let y’all know that Glenn Frankel says:

    RE: Maybe Shame Will Disarm the IRA

    [T]hanks for sending me to the compelling discussion at Slugger O’Toole. I didn’t write the headline for my piece, but I’m sure it was meant to be ironic.


    I’m actually not certain which one’s the real world anymore—the MSM I live in or the blogosphere. Somewhere in between, I suspect.

  • irishman

    Ask George Washington…..

  • Alan McDonald


    He’s still dead, you know.

  • spartacus

    Better yet: ask the leadership of the Democratic party itself. Their paramilitary wing in the immediate post-Civil War was called the Ku Klux Klan. Anyone remember them?

  • Alan McDonald


    Even those still living Democrats who belonged to the KKK, e.g., Senator Byrd of West Virginia, have asked forgiveness for ever having been members. Very much like sack cloth and ashes.