We are tired of your peace and your apologies, and we are not interested in your healing

Antóin Mac Comháin

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The Manchester atrocity and Sinn Féin’s condemnation – Declan Kearney



The reporter concluded his piece with the following poignant words: “Look into these faces, and youth and optimism beam back at you.”

That sentence captures the full impact and the human devastation caused at Manchester with the killing and injury of so many children, teenagers and young adult people.

What happened in Manchester was mass murder. It occurred at a time of apparently growing numbers of indiscriminate attacks against innocent civilians across mainland Europe.

These actions seem to be designed to provoke mass hysteria and repressive reactions from the states which have been targeted.

This is an era of unprecedented global instability, particularly within the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

The divide between rich and poor, and inequality is growing in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres. Children are dying everyday as a result of malnutrition, drought, hunger and poverty.

Global extremism in the form of violent fundamentalist sectarianism, and right-wing populism and xenophobia has been on the rise.

The so-called Islamic State or ISIS is one example of this trend.

Mass murders of innocent children in Europe are mirrored by similar atrocities taking place continually in places like Yemen, Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Many people will draw inevitable parallels between the recent attack upon children in Manchester and the indiscriminate killing of children in Gaza.

The terrible events taking place in the Middle East and elsewhere are the consequence of historic and present day Western powers’ imperial and colonial expansionism and interference.

The phenomenon of ISIS personifies a total violation of human dignity and democratic norms.

Its claim of responsibility for the Manchester massacre has been rightly condemned from across the political spectrum. Perversely some in Ireland have tried to cynically exploit this tragedy to mount gratuitous political attacks against Sinn Féin.

There is no justification for what happened in Manchester.

This atrocity must refocus our collective responsibility to develop a better world, based on global peace and solidarity; free from poverty and injustice; and, in which young people can thrive and prosper on the basis of equality and inclusion.

There is no distinction between the carnage and suffering which results from all wars.

Acts of war can never be romanticised regardless of the wider context in which these occur.

The battles of the Somme, and Messines, the massacres at Auschwitz and carpet bombing of Dresden, the use of atomic bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and, the invasion of Iraq were all horrific events caused by the decision of governments.

In the Irish context no right-thinking republican has ever glamorised war, or indeed the actions of the IRA, in this or any previous generation. There was never a ‘good old IRA’ as some of the Irish revisionists purport to suggest.

To assert that a political context forced the use of armed struggle as a last resort, cannot disguise the massive human suffering caused by IRA actions.

The IRA leadership said that publicly in 2002.

Expressing remorse and regret for death and injury during the political conflict could move us all close to a healing process.

That should not be confused or devalued with attempts to seek repudiation of political responsibility or allegiance.

There were different sides in the Irish conflict and there are multiple narratives.

There are issues about our past upon which we will have to agree to disagree.

Our peace process is proof that another world is possible.

The Manchester bombing is a brutal reminder that a better, safer, world of solidarity must not only be an aspiration but also a concrete political and social objective.

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I know the op is saying we shouldn't use Manchester for political point scoring...
so why am I left with the impression that the op is using Manchester for political point scoring? :confused:
 

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What self-serving bullcrap from SF. There is no difference between the provos and isis on a moral or political scale. The one difference is probably in numbers killed and injured, more than likely a cause of regret by those claiming to have been acting on behalf of the Irish people.
 

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What self-serving bullcrap from SF. There is no difference between the provos and isis on a moral or political scale. The one difference is probably in numbers killed and injured, more than likely a cause of regret by those claiming to have been acting on behalf of the Irish people.
Ever wonder why your party is rejected by 94% of the electorate in this part of the country ?
 

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What self-serving bullcrap from SF. There is no difference between the provos and isis on a moral or political scale. The one difference is probably in numbers killed and injured, more than likely a cause of regret by those claiming to have been acting on behalf of the Irish people.
I'm sure Larry White's family are impressed with your faux outrage.
 

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What self-serving bullcrap from SF. There is no difference between the provos and isis on a moral or political scale. The one difference is probably in numbers killed and injured, more than likely a cause of regret by those claiming to have been acting on behalf of the Irish people.
Of course the Protestant murder gangs didn't exist.

Of course the unionist politicians didn't vote for terrorism in Westminster in attacking Iraq in an illegal war.

Get up the yard.
 

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"There is no justification for what happened in Manchester" writes Scum Féin's oily professional apologist.

I'd be far more impressed if he had added "nor is there any justification for what happened in Warrington" but, of course he didn't - he wants to hold onto his kneecaps.
 

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Maybe some day someone will apologise for Dublin/Monaghan too....
'Cause all these apologies will surely bring people back from the dead.

The way the establishment loons here play fast and loose with the dead of the troubles (from one side only), is puke inducing.

The Shinners have them worried, no doubt about it.
The FFG/Lab axis of collusion is on it's last legs!
 

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If the Provos had suicide bombers, (rather than the proxies who were only of use on legitimate targets ) they would not have had to place bombs so people woukd run from one into the path of another....
 

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What self-serving bullcrap from SF. There is no difference between the provos and isis on a moral or political scale. The one difference is probably in numbers killed and injured, more than likely a cause of regret by those claiming to have been acting on behalf of the Irish people.
Rubbish. There's no comparison at all.
 
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Sure.

Come back to me after you've extensively and comprehensively promoted your policy of supporting open borders and the destruction of this country to the communities that have been your staunch supporters to date.
 

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Maybe some day someone will apologise for Dublin/Monaghan too....
'Cause all these apologies will surely bring people back from the dead.

The way the establishment loons here play fast and loose with the dead of the troubles (from one side only), is puke inducing.

The Shinners have them worried, no doubt about it.
The FFG/Lab axis of collusion is on it's last legs!
Sez who?
 

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"There is no justification for what happened in Manchester" writes Scum Féin's oily professional apologist.

I'd be far more impressed if he had added "nor is there any justification for what happened in Warrington" but, of course he didn't - he wants to hold onto his kneecaps.
Or Dresden or the many British atrocities, why even go there?
 

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What self-serving bullcrap from SF. There is no difference between the provos and isis on a moral or political scale. The one difference is probably in numbers killed and injured, more than likely a cause of regret by those claiming to have been acting on behalf of the Irish people.
I too was sickened by the brutal murder of Larry White.
 

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There was no internet in 1993, when I was a young Public Relations Officer for SF, but I can assure you, I am not lying. I got the impression most people were petrified of the leadership.
24 years ago.
The world moves on, people move on.
Most people anyway.
 


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