Reparations from the Republic?

John Coulter in the Blanket argues that contributions from the Republic’s government are little other than reparations for the activities it allowed to take place within its territory.

  • Nic

    That article is actually brilliant. Perhaps unintentionally, it turns the whole United Ireland thing on it’s head and implies (as I dared to do more directly this blog many many moons ago) that the price for a UI is more or less a cultural and economic re-entry into the commonwealth. Call it globalisation, call it cultural homogeny, call it what you like – “Sinn Féin” (in the literal sense) it ain’t.

    For this the housewives were assasinated?

    Sorry, couldn’t stop myself.

    Cheers,
    Nic

  • Crataegus

    The article illustrates that there is no such thing as a good terrorist. Our lads are someone else’s murderers.

    Yes tot up the total and send them the Bill.

  • Nathan

    Militant Islamic/republican dissident coalition??? – Islamists serve a twisted transnational ideology, which is as far away from ‘narrow’ nationalism as you can get.

    The Irish Secret Service already work in liason with MI5 et al in the fight against Islamist extremism certainly, and possibly the self-styled ‘republican’ micro-groups. Hence, MI5 et al don’t really require a permanent fixture in Ireland in order to make a splash.

  • James St John Smythe

    Each line of this empty gibberish is more fanciful than the last. Another article from Mr Coulter which takes stretches fact toward fanciful hypothesis which few will credit. What are the odds that Hamas have a cell in Ireland? What is the likelihood that Northern Ireland unionists will ever wield any real power in the South? What are the chances dissidents will assassinate a DUP MP or MLA this month? What is the possibility that Islamic suicide bombers will attack Royal Avenue?
    The answer to all is of course, none and identifies the Mittyesque personality of these nauseating articles.
    The best bit of course was the premise of an alliance between Islamic fundamentalists and dissident republicans – mirth and merriment filled me more than for a long time.

  • Buck

    Yea, I might be able to read the article if there wasn’t a picture with a load of sh*te in the background.

  • pith

    In his article Revolutionary Unionist (what’s that?) call me Dr Coulter states,

    “The American State Department has already warned half a dozen militant Islamic groups now have cells in Ireland, including Islamic Jihad, Hamas and al-Qaeda.”

    Really? WMD and all?

    He also states, “The genuine danger to the entire peace process would be dissidents murdering a leading DUP MP or MLA.

    That is the genuine danger is it?

    He then states, “After all, this month marks the 25th anniversary of the murder of South Belfast UUP MP Rev Robert Bradford in November 1981.”

    That proves it is bound to happen then. No argument there.

    Next we have the “worry” that dissident republicans might hook up with the State Department-identified Islamic militants resident in Ireland to unleash “havoc” on both sides of the border. Sorry, have rechecked, and it is “havoc” and “mayhem” both. Oh dear.

    And that’s all before we get to the bits about castrating the Celtic Tiger with Al-Qaeda suicide bombers.

  • George

    Pith,
    “The American State Department has already warned half a dozen militant Islamic groups now have cells in Ireland, including Islamic Jihad, Hamas and al-Qaeda.”

    As far as I know the American State Department knows this because, wait for it, An Garda Siochana told them and have them under surveillance.

    The UK admits is has thousands of islamic militants. I’m sure there are some in the US. The big problem is when extremists are allowed work unchecked.

  • Wilde Rover

    It is regrettable that a couple of Shinner Yahoos donning Hamas t-shirts after a nanosecond of political reflection has possibly contributed to the flights of fancy in this piece. The delusional following the moronic.

  • fer fecks sake

    Soon as I heard the news, I knew the Republic investing in N.Ireland would produce panic, resentment and confusion among certain elements in unionism.

    But War reparations is the best one yet. Does anybody take this clown seriously?!

  • pith

    I see John Coulter’s writings as off-the-wall nonsense. If he or someone else could define “Revolutionary Unionist” then I might have a better idea of where he is coming from.

  • Glensman

    Has to go down as one of the worst articles i’ve ever read through slugger, altough strangely not through the Blanket, which continues to publish hyped up Sh**e.

  • smcgiff

    When you consider that a report lately claimed that 74 of 76 murders incorporated British security force collusion, I’m guessing the reparations would not be one way.

    BTW, up until FFS post I had thought it was a joke, but is this normal output from this blogger?

  • Crataegus

    The question is what responsibility does any country have to ensure that terrorists are not using its territory as a safe base? If negligent what liability do they have to the injured parties caused by this type of activity?

  • Southern Observer

    [i]The question is what responsibility does any country have to ensure that terrorists are not using its territory as a safe base?[/i]
    It has a responsibility to do *what it can* within the limitation of its resources to avoid this scenario.
    The brutal logistical reality is that because of the undulating nature of the border it would have taken a force several times larger than the relevant combined Anglo-irish security forces to make it impermeable to criss-crossing from terrorists.

  • Southern Observer

    The late Professor John Kelly was an ROI cabinet minister.Famous for his outspoken views, he was of the right wing blueshirtish section of Fine Gael and was viscerally anti SF/IRA.A prototypical Michael McDowell of a sort.
    Like Michael Mc Dowell he occasionally landed some telling swipes on the loopier fringes of unionism.
    He made the point that the PIRA was a terrorist outfit composed almost entirely of UK citizens with scrawny electoral support in the ROI.Its main locus of operation was UK territory but it intruded into the territory of the ROI despite the best efforts of its security forces.
    Prof Kelly then made a case for financial compensation of the ROI by the UK govt for massive resources which the former ( and this was at a time when the ROI was dirt poor) had to divert into security as a result of unwarranted intrusion into its territory by what technically a UK terrorist organisation operating out of UK territory.
    His logic was certainly more compelling than that of Dr.Coulter.
    The point must be made that the NI conflict had a seriously adverse effect on the ROI economy – lost tourism revenue,lost investment ,and resources diverted from productive areas into security.It was only when matters wound down in 1994 that the Celtic Tiger took off.This somewhat stands Dr.Coulter’s argument on its head.

  • darth rumsfeld

    oh dear, so we’re getting reparations. That would sort of be like USA aid to Japan after WW2. Now let’s just think that one through. Hmmm. Who actually won that war again Doc? Doh! Back to the screwed up fag packet and try again

  • pith

    Darth,

    “Now let’s just think that one through.” You are surely not addressing Dr Coulter are you?

  • Reader

    Southern Observer: had to divert into security as a result of unwarranted intrusion into its territory by what technically a UK terrorist organisation operating out of UK territory.
    … but couldn’t submit the compensation claim because of Articles 2 & 3, which substituted ‘Irish’ for ‘UK’ in both instances above…
    Most of the terrorists would have made the same claim – it could certainly help to protect them from extradition, for a start.

  • Southern Observer

    Reader,
    Now they can look for retrospective compensation.

  • Reader

    Southern Observer: Now they can look for retrospective compensation.
    The changes to Articles 2 & 3 being retrospective, then? And also – give it all back if there is ever a United Ireland?