posted on Aug, 9 2006 @ 12:17 PM
I'd say "devastated" (the term the PSNI used) is putting it a bit strongly, it was 2 stores destroyed (a carpet shop and a JJB outlet) by fire and
2 damaged (a TK Max & a MFI store) in Newry.
I'm sure Newry will recover and they will either be rebuilt or replaced.
Interesting too though to see Sinn Fein's comments -
Sinn Fein blamed republican "micro organisations".......
.......Davy Hyland of Sinn Fein said the attacks looked like the work of dissident republicans.
He added: "There is very, very little if any support for what happened. Newry has been through difficult times, but in recent years it has gone
through a resurgence. Jobs are now in danger of being lost."
- How times have changed, eh?
I expect this to be a sporadic and infrequent 'feature' of NI life for a wee while yet.
I suppose the only 'good' thing to come out of it is that as jobs and prosperity are threatened (in a border area populated mainly by Irish
nationalist/republicans) the pressure this is bound to generate from the 'ordinary public' there might hasten the day when SF feels able to join the
Policing board and we finally lay the ghosts of 'the troubles' to rest and behind us.......
.......at which point the spotlight will go back on those hypocritical and loopy unionists who on the one hand have claimed long and loud to want SF
joining the Policing board and a republican movement committed to 'normal Policing' like anywhere else but who have on numerous occasions threatened
to walk off of the Policing board if SF join it.
Bluffs are soon to be called, IMO.
But as for the attacks?
Well, it's pretty well known that the RIRA and the CIRA are fairly well penetrated by the security services north and south.
They might get a little 'success' once in a blue moon but they aren't the threat they imagine themselves to be, thankfully.
But it's not like this indicates a return to the dark days of 1969 and onward.
Thank God none of them are in a position (nor have public sympathy, reason nor support) to return us to that version of hell.