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.
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