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The Greatest Betrayal of All

Proinsias O'Loinsaigh • 3 August 2005

The announcement last week by Gerry Adams of the final disarmament of the Provisional I.R.A. is absolutely incredible in its stupidity and treachery.

Has History taught Adams nothing, or is he a perfidious, egocentric con-man?

It is hard to believe that he has learned nothing from Ireland's past, therefore one must assume that Adams is the supreme liar and cynic.

We do know that he has evolved into the supreme Politician, but from what did he evolve? There appears to be no record of Gerry Adams ever having been on any operation or ever having fired a shot in anger. There is more to this man than meets the eye.

The supreme sacrifice made by so many heroic (and I use that term in its true sense) men and women obviously mean less than nothing to this man.

The Republic, or, at the very least, the United Ireland for which those people fought and often died has now gone the way of the Dodo.

The suggestion that Constitutional Politics and peaceful persuasion of the intransigent Unionists will, in some miraculous way, lead to the Country being united is such an obvious lie that it is astounding that anyone at all gave it the time of day.

This approach has been in use since the formation of this benighted Statelet, and has had a success rate of absolutely zero.

The Nationalists, the S.D.L.P. and sundry people of good intent strove for decades to improve the lot of the minority population. Not on the road to Unity, but simply to obtain a modicum of decent treatment for that segment of the populace.

Their efforts were utterly bereft of any form of success.

The fact is that the Unionists and England were compelled to take a serious view of the Northern situation only by the resistance of the people and the actions of the I.R.A.

The old and tried solution once again came to the fore.

The only argument that sways England and her cohorts is the argument of the bomb and the bullet. Even with the recent unsavoury episodes allegedly involving the I.R.A., that body is still a force that commands respect and attention of our adversaries.

As long as the I.R.A. looms in the background, the British Establishment will be circumspect when it deals with the aspirations of Irish Republicans.

If, however, this disarmament farce ever becomes a reality, the credible threat of the bomb and the bullet is removed at one fell swoop and we are immediately reduced to the position of penurious beggars once again.

The entire Republican movement will become a real toothless tiger, fit for music hall jokes and a receptacle for the hot air and meaningless rhetoric brigade.

The Adams' of the Republican people have existed before and, no doubt, will do so again.

However, betrayal of the basic tenets of Republicanism, for whatever reason, must never be accepted and proponents of such treachery must be consigned to Perdition as rapidly as possible.

All of us have made sacrifices of one sort or another in the pursuit of the ancient goal, and our Cemeteries are filled with those who sacrificed their all through many centuries past.

The great hope was that such forfeits would never have to be paid again by another generation of Irishmen and Irishwomen.

Should Adams succeed, he will guarantee that those hopes will be ruined and another day of reckoning will dawn.

















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10 August 2005

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Failed Entity
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Where Terror Reigns
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Lack of Trust — Or Courage?
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Process of Consulting Loses Sway
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Unionism Can't Run on Empey
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Another Side to the Surrender
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The Greatest Betrayal of All
Proinsias O'Loinsaigh

Censorship at the Irish Echo
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An Open Letter to Gerry Adams
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PIRA Statement 'Neither Surprising nor Historic'
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When History Was Made
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