[Marxism] Anthony McIntyre on IRA disarmament

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Tue Aug 2 20:47:59 MDT 2005

My response was related to the matter of
kibitzing from abroad. All three of the
people I cited are located far away from
the field of battle. I'm also far away
from the field of battle, of course. 

Which points did you raise that I failed 
to address? Perhaps I've missed something?

The paragraph below contains arguments 
and conclusions, no facts. A fact is 
something like: The IRA found itself in
a blind alley, unable to expel British
occupation troops by force of arms and
so they've decided to alter strategy.

Armed struggle is a strategy, and some
of the time it's a tactic, but it's not 
a matter of principle, is it?

There's a wide gulf between changing tactics and abandoning
the struggle. The INLA called a ceasefire so the IRSP could
focus its energies on organising within working class
communities for radical social change. That's a change in
tactics. What the Provisionals have done is to abandon both
republicanism and socialism (which they once claimed to
represent) to become part of the imperialist power
structure. As Philip Ferguson, a former organiser for
Provisional Sinn Fein, said, this has only strengthened
capitalist social relations in Ireland.

How is that relevant to any of the points 
I raised, ones which you failed to address?

Danielle Ni Dhighe
North American Co-Coordinator
Irish Republican Socialist Committees of North America
danielle at irsm.org - http://www.irsm.org/irsm.html

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