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Rearming the Provos with Picket Signs


Marty Egan • 14 August 2004

Tommy's article Disbanding the Provos leaves out the bottom line. Disbanding is not a theory but a proven concept that non-violent protest and perseverance gets results. The American Civil rights movement and the more rapid advancement of minorities proves the veracity of this conclusion.

It is no secret or surprise that Mr. Adams and company can see that what works is better than what doesn't.

Peaceful protest and unarmed picketing with full media coverage gets people to act favorable to your cause when it is just.

Remember! Gerry Adams thinks with an Irish intelligence gained from hundreds of years of British oppression. He is surrounded by others who are just as informed as himself. True, the gains are slow in coming. They are, however, being implemented step by non-violent step.

Given enough rope the British will hang themselves. Bloody Sunday is a prime example. They have no other outlet to vent their frustrations. It took over 400 years to get a free state then a Republic. It should take less than 200 to fully Unite that Republic.

Thinking by Unionists will change. There is an article in my Scranton paper today that describes the Scotch/Irish who settled Appalachia, Pennsylvania, down through Georgia. They are almost exclusively Protestant. How they differ from Unionists in N. Ireland is that they proudly refer to themselves as Irish, not British. They helped defeat the British and offer allegiance to no King or Potentate.

Even in the American Civil war, Irish Brigade fought Irish Brigade. National Irish pride was and is today their heritage.

It is just a shame that the British surrendered before John Barry could take the new American Navy to finish the job.

The bottom line is that today the non-violent army will eventually win and finally bring closure to the fact that a compassionate Irish Army didn't want to massacre a bunch of teenage apprentice boys afraid of losing their jobs.








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19 August 2004

Other Articles From This Issue:

Rathenraw Threat
Anthony McIntyre

Troubled Waters
John Kennedy

International Conference Misled by Sinn Fein
Francie Mackey

Rearming the Provos with Picket Signs
Marty Egan

Richard Wallace

Fionnbarr Ó Dochartaigh and the Captain Kelly Campaign
Liam O Comain

Imperfect Peace: Terence O'Neill's Day Has Come
Anthony McIntyre

16 August 2004

Repression in Rathenraw
Anthony McIntyre

Beating the Wife
Kathleen O Halloran

Fan Abuse
Sean Smyth

Save the Black Mountain
Davy Carlin

Parallels and Paradoxes
Liam O Ruairc



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