Dissident republicans attack police officer’s home

Dissident republicans have claimed responsibility for pipe-bombing a PSNI officer’s home in Strabane.

  • parcifal

    surely it would be better to stuff a bit of pot in that pipe and chill.
    Where I come from a pipe-bomb is a well loaded chillum.

  • DMCM

    Those who think that the use of the bullet and the bomb is a more effective means of achieving their goals are grossly mistaken.
    There needs to be a more concerted effort by all those who have signed up to the policing to put this type of thing in the past.
    Those who did this must realize that a forum has been opened up to everyone on this island to voice their political concerns.
    Regardless if they are for or against an agreement.
    Maybe they should set up a virtual terrorist center, where little pathetic bastards can go and plant bombs outside virtual homes and other places so they can quell their need to be annoying thugs.
    No one in Ireland wants this. At least have the decency to acknowledge that what you are doing is “EXTREMELY” unpopular with the people who you claim to be fighting for.

  • These people are idiots quite frankly.
    They have nothing to offer the people of this island.
    They should get a life before they take one.

    Hopefully they remain the incompetent clowns they clearly are.

  • Jim Larkin

    Is it too much too ask that one of these idiots just blows himself up while making a bomb and the rest just pack it in.

  • Jim L

    I wouldnt wish that one them.I just wish they would stop what they are doing.
    There have been too many deaths.

  • joeCanuck

    No Jim.
    it isn’t too much.

  • joeCanuck

    I hear what you are saying Phil but it’s going to take a death before this nonsense stops, I would prefer that it would be a would be bomber .

  • Joe
    What will stop the “Dissidents” isnt the destruction of their lives , but the destruction of their belief system.

    That will take away their motivation for doing what they do.

  • lib2016

    I don’t condone the dissidents in any way nor do I seek to excuse them but there is only one way to end this for good. Eventually the British government will have to withdraw it’s troops and accept that this colony has failed, as have so many others right around the world.

  • joeCanuck

    Lib2016
    Assuming that did happen, do you think that all the republican groups will come together as one big happy family?

  • lib2016

    “The British presence in Ireland” arent some soldiers and barracks,but in 800,000 people who consider themselves British not Irish.
    That is the challenge for anyone who wants to see an united island.
    I think terms such as “colony” are not helpful in the Post GFA situation.

  • Dr Strangelove

    Have the DUP asked Sinn Fein to go to the police with the names of those responsible yet ?

  • lib2016

    joeCanuck,

    Activists will continue to be activists whatever happens. It’s the futility of denying that we are living in a transitional period at the end of Empire which annoys me.

    phil,

    “800,000 people who consider themselves British”

    I specifically wrote about a failed military occupation and you posted the above remark. Their right to be British is part of the GFA which I support. Your point is ?

  • EAP

    #

    Those who think that the use of the bullet and the bomb is a more effective means of achieving their goals are grossly mistaken.
    There needs to be a more concerted effort by all those who have signed up to the policing to put this type of thing in the past.
    Those who did this must realize that a forum has been opened up to everyone on this island to voice their political concerns.
    Regardless if they are for or against an agreement.
    Maybe they should set up a virtual terrorist center, where little pathetic bastards can go and plant bombs outside virtual homes and other places so they can quell their need to be annoying thugs.
    No one in Ireland wants this. At least have the decency to acknowledge that what you are doing is “EXTREMELY” unpopular with the people who you claim to be fighting for.
    Posted by DMCM on Feb 10, 2007 @ 04:55 PM

    Excellent post, says it all

  • Elvis Parker

    ‘Eventually the British government will have to withdraw it’s troops and accept that this colony has failed’
    Having successfully ground down a concerted and prolonged terrorist camapign, disarmed the IRA, got their agreemnt to dismantle their military wings, got their political wing to recognise the principle of consent, endorse the police and the courts – all while their troops remain in NI and their secret security service MI5 has free rein to operate in NI – I dont get the feeling the British Govt are that way inclined lib2056!

    The silver lining in this sad terrorist crime is that police officers are obviously living in and around Strabane – something that would have been unheard of a few years ago.

  • ruari og

    I would agree that the use of political violence at this stage is misguided. What this incident points out is that there are still people who feel excluded from the politics in the north and that these people feel strong enough to act in this manner.
    The continued nay saying of the dUP can only encourage more disaffection and if a political settlement is not reached theb we can only expect an upsurge in this type of attack.

  • Who?

    Which dissident Republicans? As both main groups are connected to declared or potential electoral candidates it’s sort of relevant.

  • joeCanuck

    “there are still people who feel excluded from the politics ”

    haven’t they excluded themselves?

  • Truth and Justice

    Lets see Sinn fein condemm this and urge the public to give information to the Police

  • robert

    “Lets see Sinn fein condemm this and urge the public to give information to the Police”

    I would suggest that you would be better directing this question to the political representatives of the organisations involved in the attack. I beleive they will be standing in the forthcoming elections

  • brendan,belfast

    Ruari Og, you are dangerously close to justifying this attack. does ‘dup naysaying’ go any distance towards putting this man’s life in danger? no chance.

    like the Provos a decade ago these people are acting against the will of the Irish people, they represent no-one and they are thugs. nothing excuses this type of bullshit.

  • Stevo

    In what circumstances is violence OK? Were, for example, “necklace killings” by the ANC, car tyre around the neck, then lit, alright? I could never use a pipebomb, let alone put
    a lit tyre around anyone’s neck, but both groups-dissidents and ANC claim to support majority rule in a sense, unless you think 800,000 unionists – or a white minority -have/had a permanent veto (itself built on the threat of violence).

  • Diluted Orange

    Yes, absolutely abominable. Surely only proper Republicans should be allowed to administer such attacks – then it would be classed as “part of the struggle” and therefore OK.

    Tiocfaidh ár lá. Morons

  • Rubicon

    I despair when reading posts calling for SF to urge the “public” to provide information. It almost suggests “the public” know and support this action. The sub-text appears to assume two sorts of “public” – those that smell bad and those that smell good.

    Why do I continually hope unionism has moved on? Perhaps it’s because the unionist populace give me more reason for hope than the backwoodsmen that seem to enjoy posting here.

    Unionist politicians hold no high water mark on “calling on the public” to provide information. Ask Mr. McCord and I’m sure his answer will be clear and frank.

    If every crime is to be used by so-called unionists to point to SF – then their intention is clear; to block power-sharing. Nothing new here – just the same old traitors who took up arms against His Majesty’s Parliament in 1913 while calling themselves “loyalists”.

    Why don’t these backwoodsmen call themselves “loyalist”? Do they smell different to you? It can’t be the sniff of cordite – is it the niff of coke? Yet, you chum up to manage your cultural marches.

    Where were your calls for information then? Last I heard, marching ‘rights’ were sufficient grounds to withdraw unionist participation in the Policing Board. So – no acceptance for the institution of law and order either then.

    Rebel against the crown, shoot members of Her Majesty’s Service, deal drugs to Her citizens, beat them up and kill them in dark alleys and then hold meetings with them to ‘police’ your cultural festivals – while withdrawing support for Her Majesty’s institutions. All this reported by the institutions of the British state.

    I hope nationalism with SF’s recent support for policing manages to aim higher.

  • The Dubliner

    It’s hard to fathom the mentality of someone who thinks that throwing a bomb into a private house in an attempt to indiscriminately kill/main the civilian occupants serves any valid political purpose. If I was a cynic, I’d think someone from PSF or MI5 carried it out as a dirty trick, but the claim puts paid to that.

  • The Dubliner

    “I despair when reading posts calling for SF to urge the “public” to provide information. It almost suggests “the public” know and support this action. The sub-text appears to assume two sorts of “public” – those that smell bad and those that smell good.” – Rubicon

    It has more to do with PSF’s equivocal support for policing. PSF separated policing into two parts: civic and political, with the former pertaining to crimes against the citizen and the latter pertaining to crimes against the state. PSF support policing of the former but not the latter. So, as this crime falls under the latter category, PSF cannot call for its supporters to assist the police without merging political and civic policing into one. It won’t do that (for now); and that is why unionists continue to put the focus on PSF’s split-personality here: to force the issue.

  • DK

    Well so far we have had both the British and the DUP blamed for this attack by Lib2016 and Ruari Og respectively.

    I feel that if you can blame the DUP for making inflamatory speaches and then watching while some numpty stabs a random taig; then surely we can blame the anti-PSNI rallies and so forth from the fringes of Republicanism for effectively inciting this pipe bomb attack.

    What did these people expect if they continue to demonise the PSNI? Cops are normal civilians, they don’t live in barracks and so are relatively soft targets. Expect more of this in the run up to the election. And expect the anti-PSNI republicans to wash their hands of involvement each time.