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The Way of the Apache and the Lakota

"Not a bullet, not an ounce!"
- An Phoblacht 1998

"All IRA units have been ordered to dump arms. All Volunteers have been instructed to assist the development of purely political and democratic programmes through exclusively peaceful means. Volunteers must not engage in any other activities whatsoever."
- P.O'Neill 2005

Eoghan O'Suilleabhain • 31 July 2005

Never in the history of mankind has a National Liberation movement anywhere achieved its objectives by exclusively peaceful means.

Ergo, PSF and PIRA are not a National Liberation movement any more than Fianna Fail and the Garda Síochána are.

Once the conquered accept the conqueror's terms of peace, as was done in 1998, that's the end of any kind of meaningful nation building for the losers. The handing in of their weapons now only serves to further copper fasten the terms of the surrender.

It's the neo-colonies for us for the indefinite future unless of course you think deefer devils like Michael McDowell actually speak for Ireland.

Newsflash - they don't.

Lest there be any doubt now know thee in all parts that Gerry Adams and company are quite unabashedly no more likely to bring about a United 32 County sovereign Irish Republic than Bertie Ahern and company.

Such is the fate for all around-the-fort Indians. They never go beyond the reservation given them except to hunt down renegades.

The good news is that in time few if any remember them since only righteous renegades and revolutionaries live forever.

Moreover, as the new preening pawns of Brit power and rule in Ireland, who can really complain about the Provo's own decommissioning?

Just as Geronimo or Crazy Horse had no chance against American imperialism, their own struggle could only advance the slaughter of more innocents.

And without guns…there can be no Broy Harriers mark II.

Some will say how can we believe Provos given their long history of lying?

A fair question to be sure. After all, how do you go from saying not a bullet not an ounce to dump all arms? What has changed from then to now for such a brazen switch of positions?

Nothing really, which means An Phoblacht's earlier boast was the lie which helped keep most of their fools on board. More lies for fools will surely follow. But any thinking person will know better.

Rest assured arms dumping will occur and photographs will be taken but not so much for the DUP's benefit as for the Brits' because no rational person really cares what the DUP minority thinks.

The Brits are in Ireland out of concern for their very own interests…not the DUP's or anyone else's. To the extent the DUP's concerns dovetail with British imperialism is nice for the Brits but not necessary.

If anyone has any doubts about this…see Brits in Iraq.

Imperialism is by definition not about democracy or respect for small nations and it never has been. If it was then the British government would have paid heed to its' own peoples' concerns and buggered out of Ireland and Iraq a long time ago.

Such plutocratic guile will continue to propel genuine Irish Republicans and Nationalists to try and fill the gaping Provo breach here. But unless all kinds of lots of them are willing and able to fight like Muslims, then they should really re-consider just how they might otherwise proceed with their struggle.

Radical rejection and critique coupled with bands of merry pranksters would go a longer way politically in these times than shooting or bombing unarmed people because any honest analysis of how the PSF/PIRA got from there to here must include focus on their harming of innocents and how such played into the occupier's very effective propaganda ploys which in turn helped bring the Provos to heel publicly if they weren't already bought privately.

Sure Joanna Mathers shouldn't have been sent by the Brits to peddle their wares in Nationalist neighborhoods anymore than Republicans should send any of their own unarmed to peddle their wares in Loyalist neighborhoods.

However, taking her pens and papers and sending her on her way would have done the trick far more effectively than shooting her did. Which of course begs the question why was she shot and who did it really serve?

Killing her was as reprehensibly wrong as a Loyalist shooting a Shinner for handing out a copy of An Phoblacht and it only served the British agenda because it was an utterly indefensible act …like too many others.

So unless today's genuine Irish Republicans want to risk morphing into Fianna Fail mark III, it would behoove all of us to act very carefully and in concert even if only as an association of many different autonomous but nonetheless aligned political groups and individuals because if for nothing else 10% of say $100,000 is worth more than 100% of $1,000.

We must learn to all hang together (sans Stalinists) or get used to all hanging separately assisting each other in our own political marginalization like renegade Indians off the reservation being run down one by one.

We have all been here before so there is no reason to ever get lost again.

So don't mourn. Organize!




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Index: Current Articles

1 August 2005

Other Articles From This Issue:

An Open Letter to Gerry Adams
Dolours Price

The Inevitable
Anthony McIntyre

PIRA Statement 'Neither Surprising nor Historic'
32 County Sovereignty Movement

'Provisional IRA Should Disband Completely'
Ruairí Ó Brádaigh

A Momentous, Historic, Courageous and Confident Statement
Jimmy Sands

When History Was Made
Brian Mór

Roundup on the IRA Statement
Liam O Ruairc

The Way of the Apache and Lakota
Eoghan O'Suilleabhain

Strange Bedfellows?
Eamonn McCann

Rewriting the Past to Suit the Present
Mick Hall

Shoot to Kill: Getting Away with State Murder
Eamonn McCann

Parents of the World Unite
Fred A Wilcox

31 May 2005

Justice is the Right of All Our Victims
Gemma McCartney

Quis Separabit? The Short Strand/Markets UDA
Anthony McIntyre

Civil Law as an Instrument of Resistance
Peter Mason

A Salute to Comrades
Dolours Price

Behaviour of Young Gets Worse
David Adams

Recognising Similarities, Delivering for the People
Mick Hall

One Republican Party
Dr John Coulter

Venezuela: A Common Brotherhood
Tomas Gorman

May Day versus Loyalty Day
Mary La Rosa

One Eyed Morality
Anthony McIntyre

Lying in Wait for the Dutch Tsunami…After the French Earthquake

Michael Youlton



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