2001-10-06 / Letters

Reluctant To Decommission

Reluctant To Decommission

Dear Editor;

I wrote to the Wave last week in regards to the situation in the north of Ireland and the recent media bashing of the Irish Republican Army and Sinn Fein over the IRA’s refusal to decommission it’s arms. As I pointed out, the IRA has agreed to a plan to place it’s arms verifiably beyond use which was accepted by the Brit and Dublin governments and by the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning. The IRA’s offer, however, was refused by the pro-British Unionist politicians. I also pointed out that these Unionists have been silent about Loyalist (Protestant) paramilitary thugs attacking Catholic Nationalist and Republican citizens with pipe bomb attacks, fire bombing of houses, assaults, and rioting, as well as harassing school children and preventing them from walking to school back in June.

Well, one day after I wrote this letter, the Loyalists were back to their vicious tactics. Loyalist mobs rioted with police and Brit Army troops disrupting the first day of school for young Catholic schoolgirls. These Loyalists threw bricks and nail bombs at young girls and their parents for two days, culminating with a bomb that injured close to 100 people. Loyalist politicians, who claim to support the Good Friday Agreement intended to bring peace and stability to the North, were virtually silent about these attacks. And people wonder why the IRA is reluctant to disarm.

No one, other than Sinn Fein, is demanding that Loyalist death squads disarm. In fact, despite over 100 pipe bomb attacks, dozens of shootings and dozens of Catholics being burned out of their houses by Loyalists, the Brit government claims that the loyalists are still observing a ceasefire. The Brits have also discovered pipe bomb factories in Loyalist areas, and have revoked release conditions of top Loyalist leaders and returned them to prison. Meanwhile, the IRA is still observing it’s ceasefire completely.

The Unionist politicians, who tactically support Loyalist violence, are attempting to collapse the Northern Assembly and the Good Friday Agreement because of fear of Sinn Fein’s tremendous election victories in May. Only intervention by the Irish American Community and American government will force the Brits to stand up to David Trimble and the Unionists. President Bush, and Senators Hillary Clinton and Chuck Schumer all campaigned to stay involved in the North. Don’t let them off the hook.

Finally, in my last letter to the Wave I gave an a-mail address for anyone with an interest in the North to send me comments. Unfortunately, I think I gave the wrong information (Hey, give me a break, I’m new to this Internet stuff, and, no, I do not have a computer in my cell. I subscribe to a service that posts and forwards my e-mail). The correct URL address to send to is (I hope!) <www.cyberspace-inmate.com/hynes.htm>.

CHRIS HYNES


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