McGuinness’s advisory visit to Sri Lanka

Martin McGuinnness’ trip to meet with Sri Lankan rebels, the Tamil Tigers has been overshadowed by a bomb attack which has killed at least five Sri Lankan army personnel and one civilian.

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  • “overshadowed by a bomb attack” or they were trying to impress Mr McG?

  • Keith M

    Maybe McGuinness will learn that making a single island wide political entity and trying to enforce a national identity on a people with whom that doesn’t sit comfortably is a non starter. Who knows, if he’s there to learn anything it might be that an enforced “all island” solution leads to more misery than even he and his cohorts have ever managed in Ireland.

  • The Devil

    Aye, he’d do guid to remember the lesson of Culloden.

  • P113

    I wonder if wee Marty will think twice before commenting, given previous rhetoric regarding the legitimacy of bombing campaigns 😉

    http://www.upmj.co.uk/McGuinness_radio.php4

  • Gum

    Martin McGuinness has being good work in the peace process there for a number of years now. Unlike some other politicians who would make sure everyone knew of their work, he kept this all beneath the radar and did not seek to publicise his role.

  • martin

    with a bit of luck our fisherman will stay there,

  • slug

    “Martin McGuinness has being good work in the peace process there for a number of years now. Unlike some other politicians who would make sure everyone knew of their work, he kept this all beneath the radar and did not seek to publicise his role.”

    Actually this story is one of Sinn Fein’s news releases today.

  • Donnacha

    “Aye, he’d do guid to remember the lesson of Culloden.

    Posted by The Devil on Jul 03, 2006 @ 07:56 PM”

    I thought you were hanging arouond Killiecrankie with yer man Dundee…

  • friendlyCreggan

    “with a bit of luck our fisherman will stay there”- martin

    And then YOU ‘martin’ will show us the ‘Republican’ way ‘forward’ no doubt-apart from attacking SF that is?

    Can’t wait….

  • Rory

    I really don’t feel sufficiently informed to make any comment on the Tamil struggle. My Sri Lankan Catholic friends, loyal to the government, urge me to denounce the Tamil campaign by attempting to draw a comparison between the Tamils and the Ulster Plantation, but my rebel instincts and the perfidy and brutality of the Sri Lankan government only cause me to sympathise with the Tamils.

    My Tamil neighbours, however, are pleased and impressed that McGuinness,whom they see as a respected figure of international stature, is taking such an active interest in helping to resolve a most unhappy situation.

  • Nathan

    BOO!

  • Rory

    Thank you, Nathan, for your enlightened contibution after which I can only but feel much more informed on the complications of that particular conflict.

  • Crataegus

    Rory

    All these situations with minorities are so complex that as in NI it is difficult to make any safe assumptions. One of the lessons in most of these situations is you need to go out of your way to include minorities. If you leave it the problem festers into something that may not have an easy solution. Force and domination are really bad approaches and just don’t work.

    If you have armed insurrection and you attack that community you make more enemies if you do nothing you are seen as powerless. The only real hope you have is for the community in which they operate to reject them. You need their cooperation and their intelligence. So to Ireland Unionists in NI were stupid in their treatment of the Nationalist minority. The question is have Nationalists and Republicans learnt from those mistakes. Probably not.

    Some beautiful beaches along the east coast of Sri Lanka. Great spot.

  • Ranier

    ‘The question is have Nationalists and Republicans learnt from those mistakes. Probably not’

    Patronising Guff. Long standing Conflicts around the world are complex and often motivated by causes which contrast starkly to our own. There were arguably only 2 factors which prevented the NI conflict into total civil war.

    The fact remains that conflicts can only be solved by talking and engaging and McGuinness was an accountable engager. This is much more so than could be said about the Loyalist gangs who clearer than ever, were run, armed, managed and maintained by the British State and driven by the rhetoric and influence of the Unionist parties. One can only hope we don’t drag ourselves back to the past.

  • Crataegus

    Ranier

    Long standing Conflicts around the world are complex and often motivated by causes which contrast starkly to our own.

    Yep. There are also a lot of similarities in many. It is also amazing how easy it is for a relatively small group to destabilise a society if the conditions in a portion of society are conducive.

    I agree, you do need to talk and engage, but in the end you have to take positive action to address the issues raised. A majority has a responsibility to accommodate a minority and to ensure its safety. In NI that didn’t happen. There was a policy of domination.

    It is obvious on the many threads on this site that a lot of the rhetoric is unnecessarily aggressive. Just what lessons have been learnt here? Try to move forward together or make sure you carry a big stick when negotiating? I don’t see much common ground or expressions of progress on issues where there should be common purpose.

    One can only hope we don’t drag ourselves back to the past.

    I totally agree.

    I’m heading off to India on business and may go down to Tamil Nadu for a break, some of the beaches there and right down the east coast of Sri Lanka really are superb. It wasn’t a comment on motives of our esteemed Irish visitor just me contemplating a bit of loafing around. Palm trees, monasteries built by the sea, waves surging in, paradise or at least it should be. WORTH A VISIT.

  • Crataegus

    above

    Temples built by the sea not monastaries got to get away