[Marxism] The Real IRA announce that the war is not over

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Mon Mar 9 18:08:16 MDT 2009


A political crisis has been created in the space of 48 hours in the North  of 
Ireland. First two British soldiers were shot dead outside their base just  
outside Belfast on Saturday night, with a further two injured along with two  
civilians, while tonight (Monday, local time) a policeman has been shot  dead 
in Craigavon, County Armagh.
 
The Real IRA, who've claimed responsibility for the attack on the  British 
base on Saturday night, and who, I'm taking an educated guess, were also  
responsible for the operation which resulted in the death of the police officer  in 
Craigavon tonight, have just announced in emphatic terms that the war  has 
resumed in the North after 12 years of relative peace and devolved  government in 
the province.
 
All across the TV news networks and in the newspapers revulsion has  been the 
response to these attacks from the British Government and all  political 
parties in the North of Ireland, including Sinn Fein. The message  being drummed 
home is that this organisation of dissident republicans has  no popular support 
in republican communities and that the peace process will not  and cannot be 
derailed. 
 
Unprecedented has been the public statements of denunciation of both the  
attacks and the people who carried them out by the leadership of Sinn Fein,  
specifically Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness, both former key members of the  
leadership of the Provisional IRA. Indeed, Sinn Fein has called for the  
perpetrators to be apprehended by the security forces.
 
The Real IRA, said to be currently around 100 strong with perhaps twice  that 
number of sympathisers, as yet do not enjoy mass support in republican  
communities in the North, nor have they emerged organically from a mass  struggle. 
However, this does not mean they won’t gain that support.  Their intent with 
these attacks seems twofold. Firstly to provoke a  major response from the 
authorities in the form of troops and checkpoints back  on the streets, security 
measures that hopefully will have the effect  of alienating republican 
communities. Secondly to undermine and  hopefully isolate Adams and McGuinness, the 
republican Old Guard,  by placing them in the invidious position of either 
collaborating with the  authorities, and risking the ire of many among their own 
ranks, or else refusing  to cooperate with the authorities and face being 
ostracised by their unionist  partners and the British government. Thus far Adams 
and McGuinness have opted  for the former of the aforementioned options, which 
could well result  in deep resentment within their own ranks amongst those who 
would view such  collaboration as treachery to republican ideals.
 
This thing is obviosuly at its very early stages, but even so  already the 
RIRA have succeeded in creating a political crisis in reminding  all involved 
that the contradiction in the North of Ireland that lay at the  root of the 
original Troubles - partition - has still not been  resolved. 
As with South Africa post-apartheid, the peace process in the Six Counties  
has merely succeeded in creating a new political class, which has arisen on the 
 back of huge UK government subsidies in a clear attempt to buy the 
acquiesence  of both the loyalist and republican communities. Belfast city centre may 
be  booming, but travel out to the working class communities on the outskirts 
and  you enter a different world. Here the old divisions are as entrenched as  
they were during 30 years of conflict.  
The Adams leadership has clearly been shaken by these events, as have  the 
British Government, which is precisely the impact the RIRA  intended. 







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