Gerry Adams is no Ho Chi Minh. Hed
rather live on his knees. In fact, hed rather
we all lived on our knees. Says Gerry: "The
challenge then must be working towards the type of
a united Ireland that best suits unionists."
Right, lets have the tail wag the dog for a
few more centuries. The Cruiser couldnt agree
type of a united Ireland that best suits unionists
is the one where the 26 counties joins back up with
the United Kingdom. Short of that, direct rule will
do unionists for now even if it means having to deal
with the noxious possibility of intermittent indirect
rule with co-opted croppies to preserve the British
colonial status quo in Northern Ireland. And ex-Republicans
can have parity of esteem (because its
just a whole lot of nothing anyway) but not Republicanism
well it is a Kingdom after all.
imagine the response of Ho Chi Minh if Lyndon Johnson
or Richard Nixon said to him: Now listen hear
Uncle Ho, therell be no Plan B (United Vietnam).
Either we directly rule South Vietnam from Washington
or we let our gerrymandered majority Catholic allies
in Saigon rule it indirectly for us until a majority
of them say otherwise.
you hear Ho Chi Minh laughing? Even now after all
liberation requires a great command of will on both
a micro and macro scale. The Vietnamese have it in
spades. The Irish do not...for a lot of different
reasons historical and otherwise. But to be fair,
the Vietnamese also had a lot of outside foreign government
assistance to help them fight their fight
the Irish never really ever had much of that. But
this is not a call to Irish arms. Nor though is it
an invitation to unionist utopia working towards total
British rule here because Gerry wants to be friends
Catch-22 author Joseph Heller wrote the Pimps
retort that its always better to live on your
knees than to die on your feet, Heller was offering
a reasonable alternative to a stark contrast: live
or die. Choose life. Always choose life,
said the old Italian pimp to the naive Nately. It
beats fighting and dying if thats the only
the devil his due. Tony Blair and his conniving Irish
cohorts (with Bill Clinton egging them on) were able
to convince most of the population on this island
that there was only the choice between British pacification
(indirect rule) in El norte
or violent chaos.
manufactured illusion ought to go down in history
as another major British propaganda coup
up there with the sinking of the Lusitania and the
no one voted for the Belfast Agreement of 1998 how
does that necessarily mean more violence? By 1998
most Republicans were happy to be on a cease-fire
with no end in sight. However, the successful government
and mass media manipulation of the population and
political parties then caused a further cleavage of
Irish Republicans that in turn enflamed subsequent
internecine feuding and reactionary violence.
rejection in the form of boycotts and a general refusal
to engage with the invader anywhere would have prevented
further factionalism and fostered a far better culture
of Irish independence than the usual Brit tit dependence
we are seeing now making 2016 no nearer than 3016.
is time for Republicans to reclaim the honour and
integrity of the cause which sustained our beliefs.
This is a truism. It is time for all of us to gather
together on at least an annual basis to recharge our
batteries and to validate our perspectives. But not
like some dour Alcoholics Anonymous meeting where
someone gets up and says: Hi, Im Joe.
Im a Republican. After all, who said politics
couldnt be a good time with music, debate and
enlightenment for all?
American populist Jim Hightower says it best: "For
too long progressives have walked fearful of their
shadows, whimpering and whining about what's wrong
and fighting amongst themselves over crumbs. That
time is over."
out his Rolling Thunder Down Home Democracy Tour as
a possible Irish Republican template at http://www.rollingthundertour.org.
let the revelry if not the revolution begin!
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