Transatlantic republicans: war criminals, terrorists, or statesmen..?

MARTIN McGuinness may have welcomed George Bush’s impending visit to Northern Ireland, but at least one member of the Sinn Fein youth wing feels differently. Writing on Ógra Shinn Féin’s website, the member states that ‘some [decisions] have to be denounced for the good of the party’, before going on to describe Bush as a war criminal etc. Coincidentally, it was only days ago that Bush strongly criticised those prepared to negotiate with what the US considers terrorists. It leaves us with the slightly strange situation of what many in SF would describe as a current US republican ‘war criminal’ shaking hands with what the US considers a former Irish republican ‘terrorist’ that the Americans once successfully ‘appeased’. The only surprise is that the Northern Irish peace process hasn’t been trotted out again by the Democrats to deflect Bush’s intervention.

  • belfastpaul

    Well said. You are radical or you aint. SF are on the decline. We will soon see Lord Gerry of Curley’s Carpark sitting in the House of Lords with Trimble for company.

  • Gregory

    Well young’uns will be young’uns.

    If you want it to be policy, then chuck out an invite to conference as per the Lib Dems for policy making and you’ll get it.

    If you jam a few 16 year olds in a room, to decide on the future of the nation, and take a vote, well expect it to be interesting.

    That blog is a rude thing to be doing.

    If there is nothing negotiate, then there is no point negotiating, is the ‘terrorism’ rule. There are also homie culte aspects.

    Do the WWII POW test,

    a Kraut with a bad attitude is going to do better than a Japanese if both stick up their hands.

    Is my enemy ‘like me’.

    That test.

    G.

  • BfB

    US considers a former Irish republican ‘terrorist’ that the Americans once successfully ‘appeased’.

    Please explain the italicized inferences.
    As for the Ogra shite, I stand with the premise that these starry eyed socialist zombies are deluded, in that they think there is a snowballs chance in HELL they can make anything but a negative impact on the reunification of Ireland.
    Imho, that is.

  • Ard Eoin

    I don’t want Bush here, just in case somebody takes a pop at him and we get caught in the explosion.

    I think OSF should have been more vocal when the investment conference was here. If they object to his foreign policy, some of the companies involved have surely benefitted from the Bushmeister’s foreign policy, why the silence then?

  • nineteensixtyseven

    Fair play for the guy for speaking his mind, there hasn’t been a lot of that in SF recently. On the announcement of the Bush visit I was wondering how OSF would react, given that they opposed Bush before but now it is a senior party member extending an invitation to him.

  • I kinda liked The Godfather 1. Some great scenes in it. Who can forget Shergar’s head in the bed?Remember near the end Marlon Brando tellls how to spot the rat? And the rat says “it was only business”. Nothing personal.
    It is right Gerry and Geroge W meet. Birds of a feather, as one terrorist to another etc.

    Remeber how Lloyd George took Mick Collins aside, showed him themad of the Brit Empire and asked for his help in running it. Maybe Bush will ask Gerry via Peter King for the same.

  • Gregory

    “Remeber how Lloyd George took Mick Collins aside, showed him themad of the Brit Empire and asked for his help in running it.”

    Whatever happened to the Northern Divisions?

    Gregory