A political lesson of the Troubles

Brian Feeney takes the dissident republican paramilitaries to task and argues that they should heed the lesson from the Troubles:

“One axiom which the Provisional IRA did manage to demonstrate over all these years was that northern nationalists like republican politics but they don’t like republican violence.”

  • Grassy Noel

    He doesn’t miss and hit the wall, does he?

    Those whom the Gods would destroy they first make mad, and I can think of no better maxim to cover how I see the dissidentry going over the next 18 months.

    And what is madness, you may ask? Well, I’ve always thought that madness best described the actions of an individual who repeated the same actions over and over again, and on each occasion expected the outcome to be different.

    When you factor in the notion that the outcome usually involves misery for both himself and others, over and over and over and over again, down through history – then you’ve got to wonder.

    Although if should be pointed out that many involved in these groups are involved in drugs and arms trading with the criminal underworld in Ireland – and that includes loyalists.

    So, getting the army onto the streets to oppress nationalists and funding loyalist terrorists seems to be the rationale of these new warrior gaels.

    As Leonard Cohen once sang:

    That’s right, it’s come to this,
    yes it’s come to this,
    and wasn’t it a long way down,
    wasn’t it a strange way down?

  • Jimmy

    Whatever Feeney or the new ‘acceptable face’ of Republicanism-Nationalism up at Stormont sees dissident Republican action as, it must also accept that the history of Republicanism is a Dissident history in itself, From the IRB to the Continuity-Real IRA Republicanism has always been fragmented each fragment aspiring to the legitamacy of the basic ideals of Republicanism.However unpalatable it is to many including me, the disidents are the only ones holding the cause,and before anyone recalls that Disidents have been up thier necks in crime PIRA was hardly any better. The reason they are there(disidents) is because it has been proved again and again, forced agreement and Constitutional politics just dont work. To condenm and dismiss dissidents is to condenm the whole Republican Struggle from its inception.

  • the future’s bright, the future’s orange

    ‘To condenm and dismiss dissidents is to condenm the whole Republican Struggle from its inception. ‘

    sounds fair enough – well said that man!