Time to call the paramilitary bluff?

Lindy McDowell certainly doesn’t pussyfoot around in her suggestion as to what to do about the latest outburst of Loyalist violence. But that’s what she accuses the government of doing. She argues that the people behind the orchestration of violence and intimidation are not known to the public, but are to the security forces:

…the only thing these men are loyal to are themselves – to their own hip pockets, their own vanity, their own position. They leach off the community from which they come. And in the name of that community they order acts of yellow barbarity that shame the very name “loyalist.” From the so-called low-level acts of cowardly intimidation like daubing obscenities on a chapel door, through driving innocent people from their homes, right through to the murder of innocent Catholics. And the most shocking, sickening aspect of all this? It’s been going on for years and years and years. And there seems to be no end of it in sight. For quite simply, there appears to be no-one in authority with the will to stop it.

She suggests the authorities should simply move in and arrest them. And she ventures a few guesses on why it’s not happened thus far:

If the Government were to move against these organisations they could, in fact, count on massive support from within that community. The Government’s problem is about being seen to move unilaterally against one set of terrorist leaders. In other words, if they scoop the loyalists, might they not come under pressure to scoop the republicans? Is that where the problem lies?

Does it come down to the old truth that the paramilitary organisations on both sides are mutually dependent? That they each use the existence of the other lot to justify their own existence? And we go along with this… Isn’t it time that, as a society, we called all their bluff?

  • barnshee

    ” The Government’s problem is about being seen to move unilaterally against one set of terrorist leaders. In other words, if they scoop the loyalists, might they not come under pressure to scoop the republicans? Is that where the problem lies?”

    Tirade of the bleeding obvious

  • levee

    barnshee: It might be obvious, but you missed the important bit – “Isn’t it time that, as a society, we called all their bluff?”

    I’ve been saying this for ages – we can’t rely on the PSNI. People in these areas need to stand up for themselves and get rid of the leeches that destroy their communities.

    They’ve stood up to external ‘enemies’ for years, so why is it so hard for them to stand up to enemies within their own communities?

  • bertie

    Its far easier to stand up the the enemy without than the enemy within. People in these “communities” have every reason to beleive that most people don’t really give a damn about them. Mo Molan going to feed their vanity in prison and calling them unsung heros, inviting them to Downing Street etc. etc. etc. Of course as Lindy points out the point of this was not for love of these people but rather that it helped to excuse in the minds of the simple, appeasement to the real targets of it IRA/Sinn Fein. The “loyalists” have been in receipt of collateral appeasement and those poor sods in these areas under their thrall are having to bear the brunt of it along with those under threat in Ahoghill.

  • barnshee

    levee
    “you missed the important bit “

    I quoted the important bit =move against the prods ?? can`t be down without a move against the micks– such moves would “endanger the peace process” be promoted by “enemies of the peace process” (and similar shyte from community murderers sorry workers). Its sad that joe public has to pick up the cost of government failure but hey thats democracy for you.

  • lib2016

    The security services are moving against the unionist paramilitaries and have been doing so for some time.

    1/The UDA has become a discredited sectarian drug gang with no hope of the mass support it enjoyed in the past and no middleclass support whatsoever.

    2/The UVF leader has been named by British Irish Rights Watch as a British agent and is semi-publicly involved in hunting down and driving out the unionist renegades just as the UDA drove out Johnny Adair – and all without interference from the PSNI.

    Most impressive of all is that the DUP who have always been ready to use Old Testament language in support of ‘fighting for Ulster’ are standing well back this time.

  • Comrade Stalin

    It would be interesting if the government decided to move decisively against the loyalists. Historically unionists have always viewed the problems here as a matter for the security forces. I always wonder what they’d say if their constituents had to put up with widespread raids and arrests.

  • Gonzo

    Comrade Stalin

    Answer: They’d sound exactly like Shinners.