2001-07-07 / Columnists

Failite by James Sullivan

Failite by James Sullivan

As I have said in previous columns—the Good Friday Irish Peace Accord was on a downhill, slippery slope, well now it’s happened

The Peace Accord is still alive and breathing, but just barely. First minister (head of the government), David Trimble has resigned, and the parties with Britain and Ireland, now have three weeks to select a new leader and like Humpty Dumpty, put all the pieces back together again.

Some people don’t think that this is possible, but let’s take a look at it. David Trimble resigns because both he and his party were between a rock and a hard place, electorally.

Recently, Trimble and his party had electoral and prestige set back due to their more moderate stances. Trimble resigned more or less, saying that the IRA disarmament has not begun (along with two protestant para military gangs) and he could no longer stand the electoral heat and setbacks that came within this position.

So he set a date of July 1 for IRA disarmament and when it didn’t come, he resigned. Now the parties must meet, elect a new leader and try to continue on, or call new elections.

Here’s the problem—the IRA has continuously stated they will only disarm (although their guns have been totally silent, and they have scrupulously followed the agreement) when Britain starts to disengage militarily from Ireland and when the protestant bigoted, para-military police force, the royal ulster constabulary, are dramatically reformed and Catholics added as members. Thus the impass!!!

Trimble simply didn’t have the guts and tenacity to fight this fight. If the IRA guns are totally silent, and if peace talks and real peace is continuing on, why upset the apple cart?

It’s also a battle for leadership of the Unionist (protestant) community. The peace talks could end, and we could return to war, offered up on the Altar of Unionists supremacy politics! Smart—no—possible or likely—yes! You see, the Unionists don’t want to relinquish their supremacy, the British don’t have the courage to right things and the passion play begins. Ireland unfree shall never be at peace.

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