it is certain that popular support matters, perhaps
the more operative question is 'are they living up
to the ideals of the founders of the IRA?' What are
the original goals, objectives, guidelines, stratagems?
Is it simply to attack the Brits and their minions,
whenever and wherever possible? Is it focused operations,
intended to accomplish a goal or set of goals, one
being to weaken the enemy, another to send a message
to the world community that our cause is just, our
actions are right and proper and we do enjoy popular
support. As Liam O'Ruairc stated in his article, it
is not necessarily essential to have a majority of
declared support (and remember that the silent majority
is there), only a sizeable level of support.
force Republicanism should not be dead - it should
be alive, perhaps not so robust as we would like,
but alive nonetheless. The direction it should take
is, perhaps, in question, but its objectives remain
the same. While Brits and unionists cry "decommissioning"
(for Republicans only, mind you) and make demands
on SF, true Republicans are unwavering and remain
focused on "the prize". Perhaps the operative
question at this time is "who is the IRA?"
Who remains steadfastly committed to the principles
of 1916, of 1798? Who is best equipped and motivated
to carry Republicanism forward? Not necessarily the
largest, the most active, the most vocal. Those who
remain true to the founding ideals are those who deserve
our support, our respect, the appelation of THE IRA.
That is where we stand. Stand forward, lads, and assume
the mantle of leadership.
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