posted on Dec, 28 2006 @ 09:08 AM
Originally posted by infinite
Its interesting how the loyalists had their ammunation cut before the attempt and the army was able to get to him within 5 minutes. Could say he was
"useful" for MI5/MI6
I have heard the stroy of how ammo was 'cut' (basically bullets 'doctored' to reduce their lethality & hitting power).
As for 'useful'?
Well all sorts of folks are enjoying painting each and every republican figure as a spy of some sort (and it has seemed like there have been more than
a few) but in this instance I take 'useful' to mean something a little different.
Adams was IMO 'useful' because it was recognised very early on
(he and MM flew to London to meet then tory SoS William Whitelaw in July 1972)
that he was interested in political progress and, however long it took, an end to the 'war', without which there could never be any political
It was this pragmatism that was identified - along with his being in a position (which was only likely to improve over time) and from a family
(familial ties are a much over-looked part of the republican story) to be able to deliver.
Ditto Martin McGuinness.
Originally posted by Retseh
Someone tell him that we'll investigate his allegations when we finish investigating all the IRA murders and bombings of innocent civilians.
- Well I can understand why you might say that
that is not the 'standard' by which I expect or want my 'state' to operate under.
'We' have 'the rule of law' for several reasons - and, of course it isn't easy - but one of which is that it is all too easy to slide down a very
slippery slope to a revolting barbarity by accepting that 'we' will operate in the same way as the inhuman monsters do.
If it's to mean anything it must mean that we face the hard questions as well as the easy stuff.
[edit on 28-12-2006 by sminkeypinkey]