Two bombs planted by Irish Republican Army dissidents detonated on Thursday night in the Northern Ireland city of Londonderry, but no injuries were reported as police quickly evacuated the area following phoned warnings.
This is pretty much the way it\’s been going for a century now.
One group starts to fight for that United Ireland free of the British. They fight, there\’s some movement or not some movement towards the goal, those fighting die, grow old perhaps, and compromise on the new status quo and stop fighting. But then there\’s a new generation who regard the new status quo as not enough and decide to take up arms for the next leap towards the goal. Old IRA, Real IRA, 32 County and so on…..I\’m sure I\’ve left one of more generations out of this.
Note that I don\’t say that this is entirely accurate in detail, only that it\’s possible to see this pattern. Which makes this:
\”These are the desperate actions of yesterday\’s men. They seem to be more wedded to the struggle than to the cause they claim to be pursuing,\” said David Ford, justice minister of the unity government.
Inaccurate. They\’re doing exactly what every previous generation has done. Exactly what McGuinness and Adams did, refuse to take the settlement reached by the previous generation as acceptable and taken up arms to over turn that settlement.
Yes, they\’re still terrrorists, vile scum who will kill the innocent for vague political goals, but they\’re hardly doing anything unusual in the history of Irish Republicanism.