This morning's (Friday) headlines should read 'excitable hacks go
orgasmic over IRA statement.' But such headlines are 'not helpful to the peace
process' and therefore long suffering readerships will have to endure the guff
about seismic shifts, historic developments and whatever else takes the fancy
of the scribbling class.
Yesterday's statement by the IRA on its future merely
formalised what we have known for quite some time that the organisation's
armed campaign against Britain ended in failure. The British are still here,
the consent principle is safely enshrined and partition entrenched.
Commentators can openly speculate on current IRA volunteers eventually becoming
British bobbies. Hardly the heady
stuff of revolutionary success.
The IRA's war has ended and the organisation shall not
disband. This is exactly the same position we were at this time last week, last
month, last year. Given that the
statement tells us what we already know and therefore contains
only rhetoric about future IRA intent, journalists and government officials
have set themselves the task of wild spinning and hyping the statement.
The strategic purpose of the statement is to flush out
idiots in both the London and Dublin
governments who will wave the IRA's A4 paper, Chamberlain-like, and declare
'peace in our time.'
There would be some justification for this if the IRA were
to follow through on its statement with facts on the ground. But the
organisation has consistently lied about its
involvement in numerous activities and there is no reason for believing it will
not do so in the future. A promise to quit lying might have greater potential
than yesterday's verbiage.
Like the Official IRA before it, and in whose shoes it now
so comfortably strides, the current IRA, by the mere fact of its existence,
will continue to function; not militarily against the British state, but as a
militia to give muscle to Sinn Féin and as an organ of intimidation.