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Wednesday, July 27, 2005

I.R.A. to Give Up Violence

New York Times:

The Irish Republican Army has given up its armed struggle for a united Ireland, agreeing to turn solely to political methods, an American businessman said yesterday after being briefed on a statement expected from the guerrilla group later this week. The agreement, if borne out, would be a historic turning point in the violent history of Ireland and Northern Ireland. But there is still widespread official skepticism about I.R.A. promises, particularly when it comes to the issue of disarmament. Indeed, it was not immediately clear whether the I.R.A. would address how several tons of arms, hidden in bunkers across Ireland, would be disposed of, according to the businessman, Niall O'Dowd, who brokered talks between the I.R.A. and American officials that helped lead to a cease-fire in 1994. The continued existence of those weapons, which were to have been destroyed under an agreement reached after the cease-fire, contributed to the collapse of the Northern Ireland government in 2003. Last night, an Irish government spokesman said an I.R.A. commitment to nonviolence had to be backed by an unambiguous process for disposing of all its weapons. 'The ultimate test is the delivery on that,' said the spokesman, who as a matter of routine practice spoke only on the condition that he not be identified. A spokesman for the British government declined comment.
It is wise to remember that this conflict was once considered unsolvable. That should give us hope for the other 'unsolvable' problems, such as Palestine. I don't know enough to say whether the I.R.A. will get rid of it's weapons at this time. Whether it does so immediately or in the future it is clear that the popularity of a violent struggle has waned and peaceful solutions are being persued. Old habits, and old hatred, are never easily or quickly settled. The progress in Ireland is very hopeful though.

3 Comments:

Blogger The probligo said...

Yeah, what happened there was that the British Government sat down and actually talked - with both the Irish government and the IRA - remember the Good Friday Agreement?

Now, what is it that people are saying about "not negotiating with terrorists?"

7/28/2005 03:37:00 AM  
Blogger Mystic Knight said...

Negotiating with terrorists is never the answer, but if the terrorists agree to stop fighting, and start frigging listening and talking, this is called diplomacy.

As long as a group wants to make their point by force, then it should be met with force and negotiations are right out the window.

If the I.R.A. has indeed seen the light that violance is not the answer, and wants to go about airing their grievences along diplomatic lines, this will speak volumes for their cause.

They still may not get everything they want, but then again, who does? ;)

7/28/2005 04:08:00 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

Mystic Knight...I agree with you 100%! Terrorists should never, ever be negotiated with. The only way they'll ever learn to live in peace is when they get licked good enough times and finally realize there's no defeating England or Israel or whatever the case may be.

Probligo...I respectfully disagree as you probably would expect judging by past comments. Negotiating with terrorists, as I've said over and over, is one of the worst mistakes the Israeli government has ever made and the Brits should not, in my opinion feel any obligation or pressure to make any kind of comprimist with murderers. Point blank.

7/29/2005 12:36:00 AM  

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