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Posted By: Stu
15-Mar-09 - 10:24 AM
Thread Name: BS: True IRA ?? Who are they ?
Subject: RE: BS: True IRA ?? Who are they ?
There's an interesting interview with Ruairi O'Bradaigh in today's Observer, probably the leading dissident in the North and his view on the actions of Adams and McGuinness.

Nothing particularly new or exciting in the piece, but there was one paragraph which caught my attention:

"In a chilling warning to young Catholics in Northern Ireland encouraged for the first time in decades by Sinn Féin to join the police, O'Bradaigh said: "I think that's a very unwise thing to urge people to do because that's obviously going to put them in harm's way. Which is a very grave responsibility to undertake. My advice would be 'don't join up' and I think it's wrong to encourage young people to join the British forces." O'Bradaigh's advice extends to those who vote for Sinn Féin and who have been encouraged by Adams and McGuinness to pass on information about the soldiers' and policeman's killers to the PSNI."

What worries me here is the veiled threat towards people voting for Sinn Féin. Intimidation is bad enough as it is, but when this behaviour extends towards people using democracy to achieve their aims peacefully, then we're heading to a bad place again. You have to feel for all those in the North brought up not knowing violence but who could be plunged back into it by these people.