announcement last week by Gerry Adams of the final
disarmament of the Provisional I.R.A. is absolutely
incredible in its stupidity and treachery.
Has History taught Adams nothing, or is he a perfidious,
It is hard to believe that he has learned nothing
from Ireland's past, therefore one must assume that
Adams is the supreme liar and cynic.
We do know that he has evolved into the supreme
Politician, but from what did he evolve? There appears
to be no record of Gerry Adams ever having been
on any operation or ever having fired a shot in
anger. There is more to this man than meets the
The supreme sacrifice made by so many heroic (and
I use that term in its true sense) men and women
obviously mean less than nothing to this man.
The Republic, or, at the very least, the United
Ireland for which those people fought and often
died has now gone the way of the Dodo.
The suggestion that Constitutional Politics and
peaceful persuasion of the intransigent Unionists
will, in some miraculous way, lead to the Country
being united is such an obvious lie that it is astounding
that anyone at all gave it the time of day.
approach has been in use since the formation of
this benighted Statelet, and has had a success rate
of absolutely zero.
The Nationalists, the S.D.L.P. and sundry people
of good intent strove for decades to improve the
lot of the minority population. Not on the road
to Unity, but simply to obtain a modicum of decent
treatment for that segment of the populace.
Their efforts were utterly bereft of any form of
The fact is that the Unionists and England were
compelled to take a serious view of the Northern
situation only by the resistance of the people and
the actions of the I.R.A.
The old and tried solution once again came to the
The only argument that sways England and her cohorts
is the argument of the bomb and the bullet. Even
with the recent unsavoury episodes allegedly involving
the I.R.A., that body is still a force that commands
respect and attention of our adversaries.
As long as the I.R.A. looms in the background, the
British Establishment will be circumspect when it
deals with the aspirations of Irish Republicans.
If, however, this disarmament farce ever becomes
a reality, the credible threat of the bomb and the
bullet is removed at one fell swoop and we are immediately
reduced to the position of penurious beggars once
The entire Republican movement will become a real
toothless tiger, fit for music hall jokes and a
receptacle for the hot air and meaningless rhetoric
The Adams' of the Republican people have existed
before and, no doubt, will do so again.
However, betrayal of the basic tenets of Republicanism,
for whatever reason, must never be accepted and
proponents of such treachery must be consigned to
Perdition as rapidly as possible.
All of us have made sacrifices of one sort or another
in the pursuit of the ancient goal, and our Cemeteries
are filled with those who sacrificed their all through
many centuries past.
The great hope was that such forfeits would never
have to be paid again by another generation of Irishmen
Should Adams succeed, he will guarantee that those
hopes will be ruined and another day of reckoning