Arms and the problem of academic selection…

Hearts and Minds was uncommonly good value last week. Newton Emerson picks up on a recent Interpol report confirming the veracity of three laptops seized after a late night bombing raid of a FARC camp two kilometres inside the Ecuadorian border. The contents are claimed by the Colombian government to show that the IRA was paid £28 million for ’14 terrorist training modules’. Then he asks just how the IRA matched individual rebels to which modules, without resorting to academic selection? The current Education Minister, and former organiser of Bring them home campaign group the double butt of the joke. PS, It’s interesting to note that one of the expert witnesses at the time of the trial in Bogota argued that since the FARC are well in advance technically of the IRA; there would be no point in the IRA trying to train the FARC. Something or someone is wrong somewhere along the line…

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