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What Price Pretense?

“Trickle down politics doesn’t work much better than trickle down economics.” - Bill Moyers

Eoghan O’Suilleabhain • June 26 2003

Mi5 and Mi6 no doubt worked overtime to make sure David Trimble got the UUP ballots he needed to win again. But given that Trimble has no problem with the British suspending their puppet Stormont assembly, and given growing detractors within his own party want out of it like the DUP says it does, you got to wonder what all this hullabaloo is about trying to save David Trimble. What price pretense?

Since all fraud eventually ignites ignorance it was only a matter of time before more and more hoodwinked Irish Republicans in Derry or elsewhere started to see through the GFA (Good for Alban) lie and then want to bomb its makers.

Of course the Provos are all for the GFA and Stormont because they are (for all intents and purposes) just deep mole British agents anyway as Freddy Scapaticci and Ed Moloney among others have proven. But even if they are not all deep moles, like Bill Moyers’ analysis of the American Democratic Party, “I don’t get why conceding your opponent’s premises and fighting on his turf isn’t the sure-fire prescription for irrelevance and ultimately obsolescence.”

So what this all means I'm afraid is that the current level of instability in NI is just the calm before the storm. And this will always be a cyclical Irish experience so long as:

1) British occupation and rule (like Israeli occupation and rule) is unjustifiably held to a different standard in the West than say Turkish, Russian or Indonesian occupation and rule;

2) The Irish Government (ROI) is a weak minded banana republic of the co-opted and corrupted;

3) Many Irish people suffer from what Sean McBride called the slave mentality to even give a toss about all the forms of British interference in the affairs of their Country...thanks to the Catholic Church & the Ballyseedy mindset of many of the ROI governments past and present.

Which of course leaves just an enlightened and angry few left to try and spark the rest of us hopefully with insight rather than incendiary, but since past is prologue, not likely.

And that, dear readers, is the price of a stupendous fraud.

Oh well, but since Bill Moyers has been on a roll lately know:

“New ages don’t arrive overnight, or without ‘blood, sweat, and tears.’”






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Other Articles From This Issue:


Dome of Deceit
Anthony McIntyre


Leave Them Be
Tommy McKearney


Fighting the Censors
Ryan McKinney


Pedro Albizu Campos and Irish Republicanism

Aoife Rivera Serrano


Sectarian Stereotypes
Liam O Ruairc


What Price Pretense?

Eoghan O’Suilleabhain


Pobal na h-Eireann Manifesto
Sean Mac Eochaidh


22 June 2003


Censorship at the Irish Echo
Patrick Farrelly and Eamon Lynch


The Pen Mightier Than the Sword
Mick Hall


The House that Who Built?
Anthony McIntyre


Angrytown News Responds

Jimmy Sands


Pedro Albizu Campos

Aoife Rivera Serrano


Ernesto Guevara
Liam O Ruairc


Motion Passed
Na Fianna Éireann




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