Counting hatchets

Sinn Fein British agent shot dead
He “had been living in a run-down cottage without electricity or running water in County Donegal.” – wow… the IRA must have spent a fortune on the logistics, planning and getaway plans. I bet they were really complex. “Watch me pint lads, back in a few.”
When does this fucking idiocy in NI stop? What story had to hit the news to mute this execution? How greasy did Adams sound when he made that call? If everyone who has a grievance decided to bury the hatchet in the back of someone’s head then the bloody Troubles would return wouldn’t they?

It doesn’t matter that the guy knew his was signing his own death warrant when he started spying or probably when he didn’t report the first contact. It doesn’t matter that he spied, it doesn’t matter that what he may or may not have done might have caused the deaths – or saved the lives – of others and it doesn’t matter because the people he was spying against WERE killing. What matters is that the IRA and Sinn Fein are still intent on pursuing their own little war – be that robbing banks or executing those they still have a grudge against. Still, there will be no fuss, no-one will make a noise. His execution will therefore be condoned – because to do otherwise would get them killed. That’s nice.

3 thoughts on “Counting hatchets

  1. The IRA have denied it, almost immediately in fact, but there are so many rumours about why it happened that it’s hard to find the truth.

    One extreme says the IRA did it as a revenge, another that the British Security Forces did it to cover up another spy that they have within Sinn Fein that was about to be exposed.

    There is a big push on this week to get the institutions up and running again in NI so it’s likely that it was mavericks within the IRA or a dissident republican group that did it in an attempt to derail this initiative.

    Oh and a small point…..Donegal is in the Republic, not NI. I know, I live there :D

  2. Apologies for relocating you :)
    I think it will be hard to find the truth and I actually think that the sheer amount of noise I found about it suggests that no-one will be looking too hard. But from my understanding and reading it was the IRA that killed him – and probably the Brits sighed thankfully – he was dangerous to both sides in different ways.
    But getting to my motivation for the post – it’s still senseless. Where is the line drawn? When will people stop? When will guns not settle grudges? Never? So the IRA and others DID win then because they’ve got people defenceless now and at their mercy. I just can’t see any sense to it – in fact this sort of thing is worse than when The Troubles were worse.
    Maybe they cannot stop.
    Comforting.

  3. Where is the line drawn? When will people stop? When will guns not settle grudges? Never?

    100% agree with that. That’s the first response for a certain mindset, IRA or otherwise. In today’s world we’re always gonna have that problem :(

    So the IRA and others DID win then because they’ve got people defenceless now and at their mercy. I just can’t see any sense to it – in fact this sort of thing is worse than when The Troubles were worse.

    It’ll never be that bad. If you lived through the worst of it in NI you would realise that (don’t mean that to be as patronising as it sounds).

    I was once told that there were more people shot and killed in Moss Side in Manchester in one day than in one week in NI in the worst of the times. Only thing is it was people that nobody cared about so it didn’t get the headlines.

    In fact the amount of headlines/noise this is getting is probably indicative of the rareness of this kind of killing nowadays.

    Interesting to hear on today’s reports that his family don’t believe that the IRA were responsible! Mc Guinness is saying the same thing but then you would expect that anyway :D

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