It’s complex, and I don’t understand the complexities, but sometimes things look very very simple.
IRA statement ‘declaration of peace’, but Ian Paisley won’t have any of it – “because the IRA would not allow a photographic record of decommissioning.” Mr Paisley – just say it straight – you’ll accept nothing at all will you ?
The IRA could give you poster sized photographs, memory cards stuffed full of mega-pixel images, videotapes of all the guns and ammunition being totally and completely destroyed – but you still wouldn’t accept it would you ? The IRA could do that, but then what’s stopping them from buying more weapons ? Nothing, nothing at all. What’s stopping the Unionist groups from doing exactly the same ? Nothing, nothing at all. The simple fact is that people like Paisley – from my ‘Brit’ point of view – aren’t actually seeking peace at all. They seem almost to be perversely pushing things closer to conflict by their stupid schoolyard demands – and even invoking the name of their god while they do it !
No matter what any of the leaders say – regardless of religious leanings – if anyone at all believes that every gun and bomb has been turned in / handed over / destroyed in Northern Ireland then they are fools of the highest (lowest ?) order. All that really matters is that people stop killing each other.
And this death will continue just because someone wants a photo ?