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.