What the bollocks is Gerry Adams thinking?
Currently, the IRA (Adams heads the political wing known as the "Sinn Fein") is not an open-basis politcal movement, but moreso a group of semi-radical guerillas-- some go as far to call them terrorists, which, in a sense, to any opposition, I'm sure they are-- who have not made any massive attacks as an army in quite a while. They've never had much choice, although they have support, they're not going to achieve results without some serious action, which most supporters are not in favor of- if you lose all your people in the struggle, who will be left to keep it alive? The last major components of the struggle were the $50mil robbery in NI (December) and the murder of Robert McCartney (you may have seen his sisters in the media recently, blah blah blah, good job for making the cover of some newspapers, WHAT THE HELL DO MOST AMERICANS CARE?). The thing is, that's a HUGE source of the problem in the IRA- yes, they're united for a common good, but they all have different ideas in how to bring revolution about (or just chaos, in some cases). It's safe to assume that by quitting the bank-robbery, murder, and whatever other forms of supposed violence, they'll stick to the stuff that got us in the gut the first time- the hunger strike, the non-violent mass worker protests, did I mention the hunger strike? Sure, it ultimately led to the Good Friday agreement (ceasefire of 1994), but hey, something's still happening, right?
Why give up armed struggles now?
Hmm, let's see, today's date.. April 7th, 2005? How many days until May 5th? 27, I believe? *cough cough*
Truly the right move for the IRA?
Hmm....... I'll be back with that on a later date.
"That's why it is action from the IRA that counts - not words from Sinn Fein.""