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O'Malley and fanaticism
03 Aug 2005
O'Malley reporter for the Boston Globe and fanaticism

I would like to respond to Padraig O'Malley's recent churlish and bitter
diatribe on the historic IRA statement. It appeared that he was almost
disappointed that the IRA has departed the scene and opened up a whole new dynamic.

The unilateral statement by the IRA leadership disappointed Mr O'Malley
because it just didn't fit in with his completely jaundiced view on the
organisation.

His view is typical of an outlook that chose to demonise and ridicule young Irish republicans for resisting the Apartheid regime that ruled the six North Eastern counties of Ireland for decades. Nowhere in his article does he refer to the cause of the most recent IRA campaign. Nowhere in his article does he acknowledge the fundamental injustices that gave birth to the modern IRA. Nowhere in his article does he discuss the abandonment of hundreds of thousand of Irish citizens by their own Irish government for decades to second- class citizenship. How revealing!

Instead, he talks provocatively about suicide and fanatics clearly trying to connect IRA volunteers to Islamic terrorism. Not even the British Prime Minister, Tony Blair makes that case. He recently said there was no comparison between IRA actions in Britain and the recent suicide terrorist bombings.

This particular paragraph illustrates best Mr O'Malley's paranoia and
complete illogical bias when dealing with the IRA. "Whatever illusions the IRA might have harbored about another generation of ''freedom fighters" stepping forward to sacrifice in the name of a united Ireland were buried in the rubble of the Twin Towers on 9/11, the day on which Irish America put the business of guns for the cause behind it once and for
all."

Note the attempted link between the IRA and Islamic terrorism once again. Why would the IRA have called a ceasefire in 1994 and again in 1997 if they harbored illusions of another generation of IRA volunteers at war? This is a bit like a turkey voting for Thanksgiving.

Mr. O'Malley represents a school of thought that was entirely comfortable
with the IRA at war. Why? Because then their simplistic analysis of IRA
volunteers as mindless, suicidal, fanatical, monsters was an easy lie to peddle. Now what do they do? Acknowledge that they may have been mistaken all along or withdraw in to old certainties. It is clear from his article, the choice that the learned gentleman has chosen.

In conclusion, here is one final conundrum for Padraig O'Malley to chew
over. He talks about the IRA's enemy being the people they "purported to protect" in areas like West Belfast. Then how does he explain how Gerry Adams, the leader of Sinn Fein, a political party that Mr. O'Malley would describe as the political wing of the IRA being elected as their member of parliament with the highest percentage of the vote in Northern Ireland (70%). Not a bad level of support from the "enemy".


I would like to respond to Padraig O'Malley's recent churlish and bitter
diatribe on the historic IRA statement. It appeared that he was almost
disappointed that the IRA has departed the scene and opened up a whole new dynamic.

The unilateral statement by the IRA leadership disappointed Mr O'Malley
because it just didn't fit in with his completely jaundiced view on the
organisation.

His view is typical of an outlook that chose to demonise and ridicule young Irish republicans for resisting the Apartheid regime that ruled the six North Eastern counties of Ireland for decades. Nowhere in his article does he refer to the cause of the most recent IRA campaign. Nowhere in his article does he acknowledge the fundamental injustices that gave birth to the modern IRA. Nowhere in his article does he discuss the abandonment of hundreds of thousand of Irish citizens by their own Irish government for decades to second- class citizenship. How revealing!

Instead, he talks provocatively about suicide and fanatics clearly trying to connect IRA volunteers to Islamic terrorism. Not even the British Prime Minister, Tony Blair makes that case. He recently said there was no comparison between IRA actions in Britain and the recent suicide terrorist bombings.

This particular paragraph illustrates best Mr O'Malley's paranoia and
complete illogical bias when dealing with the IRA. "Whatever illusions the IRA might have harbored about another generation of ''freedom fighters" stepping forward to sacrifice in the name of a united Ireland were buried in the rubble of the Twin Towers on 9/11, the day on which Irish America put the business of guns for the cause behind it once and for
all."

Note the attempted link between the IRA and Islamic terrorism once again. Why would the IRA have called a ceasefire in 1994 and again in 1997 if they harbored illusions of another generation of IRA volunteers at war? This is a bit like a turkey voting for Thanksgiving.

Mr. O'Malley represents a school of thought that was entirely comfortable
with the IRA at war. Why? Because then their simplistic analysis of IRA
volunteers as mindless, suicidal, fanatical, monsters was an easy lie to peddle. Now what do they do? Acknowledge that they may have been mistaken all along or withdraw in to old certainties. It is clear from his article, the choice that the learned gentleman has chosen.

In conclusion, here is one final conundrum for Padraig O'Malley to chew
over. He talks about the IRA's enemy being the people they "purported to protect" in areas like West Belfast. Then how does he explain how Gerry Adams, the leader of Sinn Fein, a political party that Mr. O'Malley would describe as the political wing of the IRA being elected as their member of parliament with the highest percentage of the vote in Northern Ireland (70%). Not a bad level of support from the "enemy".

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