Gerry Adams etc

Adam Rose adam at pmel.com
Fri Oct 11 08:02:56 MDT 1996


I think rumours of a split between Adams and the "hardliners" are
vastly overstated.

The whole republican movement came to realise that they could not
win the war. So they looked for an alternative. Unfortunately, the
only alternative in republican politics is relying on their "friends"
in the US and Ireland.

Now the republican movement has realised as it always does that this
strategy can't get anywhere either, but if they're not going to be
completely marginalised they need to keep up the pressure with the
bombing, even though they and their supporters understand that
this strategy cannot win.

There are differences within the republican movement, although
to put it down to Adams vs the IRA is simplistic : there were
"hardliners" and "talks" people in both Sinn Fein and the IRA.
A couple of years ago, the "hardliners" were prepared to give the
talks a try. Now the "talks" people relunctantly snaction the
bombing.

Revolutionaries, particularly in Britain, do have to "take a
position" on the IRA which allows them to critisize the IRA
while putting the blame for the mess in Ireland on the British
ruling class. When the IRA blows up most of Manchester town
centre it is not possible to uncritically defend the IRA.
Those people who pretend that they do so are liars : they
lie low during the bombings because their politics are inadequate
to the situation. I remember the week after the Enniskellin
bomb : Socialist Worker was the ONLY paper on the left to have
a headline on the story which had completely dominated the
news ( it was : "The Bitter Fruits of British Rule" ).

Of course, it is also necessary for revolutionaries in Ireland
to come to terms with the nationalist politics of the IRA, which
offer no way forward for catholic workers other than periodic
talks and periodic descent into sectarian tit for tat killings.

If socialists in Nothern Ireland are unable to find a way to
bridge the gap between Catholic and Protestant workers, while
at the same time opposing the state which oppresses Catholics,
there can be no solution in Ireland, ever. In order to do this,
they must make no concessions to nationalist politics, which have
been shown to be a complete dead end for Catholic workers.

A good example of this is the Irish Socialist Workers Party's
involvement in the recent defence of Derry against the Orange
Order, where there was a significant trade union presence on
the marches and "road blockings".

Adam.



Adam Rose
SWP
Manchester
UK


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