on both sides of the Atlantic are all gearing up for
the annual Irish lovefest celebrating
ST. Patricks Day. The exodus of Irish politicians
to the States has become an annual ritual where bonding,
blarney and staged events are the order
for the day. Politicians including Irish leader Ahern
to Unionists leaders from the north and even Adams
and his followers from Provisional Sinn Fein will
be assembled. Talk of the stalled Belfast Agreement
will be on every ones minds when they meet in Washington
and to what can get the process moving again. Green
maybe the order of the day including the feeling in
my stomach of the U.S. governments policy in continuing
to deny VISAS to Political leaders from the true Republican
political party, Republican Sinn Fein. Republican
Sinn Fein politicians are steadily denied access to
the Irish American populace and to put forth their
ideas to a just and lasting peace in Ireland. Why?
Because Republican Sinn Fein refuses to accept the
presence of Brit occupying forces in six counties.
Because they refuse the legitimacy of the sectarian
Brit Statelet in the north. Because the Irish people
as a whole and voting as a unit were denied due democratic
processes in their fight for national sovereignty
and self determination. Republican Sinn Fein will
accept nothing less than a total Brit withdrawal from
Ireland. Only then can the process of peace and reconciliation
be achieved. Republican Sinn Fein has put forth their
EIRE NUA policy; witch would create a Federal Democratic
Socialist Republic with maximum devolved policy made
at the local and community level. Power will derive
from the people up, not from the politicians down!
Repulicans Sinn Feins EIRE NUA proposal should
be able to be put forth to supporters in the States
because the Brit instigated Belfast Agreement has
no chance in the long term for success. To selectively
deny Irish Republicans access to their Irish American
audience is an impingement on our right to free and
open discourse and a form of political censorship.
The shame is Americans are taught how the founding
fathers fought to the death to gain freedom and how
proud we should be; yet the Irish are denied the same
right to freedom.
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