Two Steps Forward; One Step Back

In today’s Irish Times (subs. req.)Vincent Browne argues that not only is the question of the extradition or imprisonment of the Colombia Three an irrelevance – given that the US Administration could not care less about the issue (or Ireland in general for that matter) as long as the Government continues to make Shannon available to military aircraft and supports the US in UN votes – but also that, contrary to claims from some media quarters, their reappearance in Ireland does not represent the same old cynical IRA modus operandi or the “one step forward; two steps back” scenario posited by Fintan O’Toole on Monday’s Newsnight.