Do not confuse Adams and Arafat!

Paul Colgan says in the US based Irish Echo that there are important distinctions that need to made and kept in mind when making comparisons between Gerry Adams and Arafat:

Over the course of 15 years, Adams has convinced the IRA to call a ceasefire, led Sinn Fein into Stormont — the hated seat of unionist misrule for 70 years — signed up to a historic accord that recognized the consent principle and scrapped Articles 2 and 3 in the Irish Constitution and ushered in the circumstances whereby the IRA would happily turn itself into an “old boys association.” All this was achieved without a major split in the organization.

  • Jacko

    “Don’t confuse Adams with Arafat”.

    No, Adams is taller.

  • Cthulhu

    To risk a biblical reference, there is a touch of Moses to both Arafat and Adams, insofar as they have taken their movements as far as they can… I suspect for both personal and institutional reasons, there comes a point where the “old guard” must wither away, lest the old animosities and habits — the ingrained hatred that is necessary for armed struggle — interfere with the present.

    That having been said, the leaders of Ireland and Britain have been slowly watering down the GFA, in hopes of keeping that liche Paisley play along with the process. Paisley and his thugs chose to sit out the process and have no standing to go back and demand changes — they had their say when they chose to opt out.

  • Cthulhu

    To risk a biblical reference, there is a touch of Moses to both Arafat and Adams, insofar as they have taken their movements as far as they can… I suspect for both personal and institutional reasons, there comes a point where the “old guard” must wither away, lest the old animosities and habits — the ingrained hatred that is necessary for armed struggle — interfere with the present.

    That having been said, the leaders of Ireland and Britain have been slowly watering down the GFA, in hopes of keeping that liche Paisley play along with the process. Paisley and his thugs chose to sit out the process and have no standing to go back and demand changes — they had their say when they chose to opt out.