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Demonizing Will Backfire


Father Sean Mc Manus, Irish National Caucus • 25 April 2004

Irish-Americans are alarmed by the recent U-turn by the American, British and Irish governments, resulting in their concerted attempt to blame everything on Sinn Fein -- thereby giving Paisley the perfect chance to stonewall and, by doing so, finish off Trimble and the UUP.

One of the dividends of the peace-process, which meant so much to me personally, was that it not only meant the end to The Troubles, but that it ended the "Civil-war-mentality", which played itself out in America by bitterness between Irish organizations and the Irish government (dramatically personalized by Sean Donlon when he was the Irish ambassador to Washington).

I had thought the bad old days were over.. . But now I fear -- with the rantings of Justice Minister, Michael Mc Dowell (who like his grandfather, Eoin Mac Neill, is trying to countermand Republicans, only this time Mc Dowell is trying to deny Sinn Fein's mandate to move the peace-process forward, North and South) and the seeming disengagement of Taoiseach Bertie Ahern (for whom I have deep respect) -- that we may be sliding back to the bad old days. And that would break my heart. But, equally, it would make me all the more determined not to be silent and to make sure Irish-Americans will not disengage.

All three governments must finally realize that the more they unfairly try to demonize Sinn Fein (and, thereby, demonize the majority of Catholics in Northern Ireland) the more Irish-Americans will rally to the Cause.

Irish-Americans realize that Sinn Fein may have its faults (which political party does not?) but they rightly see that Sinn Fein is making a historic contribution to equality, justice and peace on the island of Ireland.


















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29 April 2004


Other Articles From This Issue:


Pragmatic Politics
Liam O Ruairc


Hard Times
Brian Mór


Every Picture Tells A Story
Anthony McIntyre


Demonizing Will Backfire
Sean Mc Manus


Tangled Wed Which Stretches from the New Lodge to Iraq
Eamonn McCann


Glossary of the Iraqi Occupation

Paul de Rooij


The Letters page has been updated.


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'A Real Sensuous Pleasure'
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The Letters page has been updated.




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