Adams now claims he was engaged in peace seeking with Fr. Alex Reid in 1976....
'The first seeds of a peace process were sown by myself and Alex Reid as far back as 1976, so I'm long term in my view...' (43:00 mins in)
This week's Sunday Sequence was heavy going, having to listen to a litany of lies, and although the interviewer hit Gerry Adams with some hard questions on the Disappeared he let him completely off the hook in regards to protecting his paedophile brother.
There were a dozen questions which could have been thrown at him, for example .... reporting the family for bad hygiene and nits .... or dedicating his autobiography to someone he knew to be a child rapist...
However if Adams now admits he was involved in seeking peace since 1976 there are serious questions to be asked, in particular, why if he was interested in peace was he saying things like this at that time?
The weakness of the IRA of that period was that instead of pursuing the war to it’s bitter end come what may, they allowed unscrupulous politicians and so called “Peacemakers” to gain the upper hand.
The result was the betrayal of the Fight for Freedom followed by a vicious and brutal Civil War and of course partition. It is to be hoped that the lesson of that period will not be lost on today’s leaders. There is only one time to talk of peace and that is when the war has been won not while it is raging. The time to talk of peace is when the British have left Ireland, otherwise they will find some excuse to remain - Brownie [Gerry Adams] Republican News, May 8, 1976.
According to the recently released Thatcher Foundation Papers, Humphrey Atkins in a communiqué to Thatcher on July 6th 1981, two days before the death of Joe McDonnell, indicated that:
...The Provisionals need to settle the prisons problem on terms they can represent as acceptable to them if they are to go on – as we know some of them wish to do – to consider an end of the current terrorist campaign. A leadership which has ‘lost’ on the prisons is in no position to do this...
Could it be that Atkins and Thatcher were referring to a knowledge they had of the first seeds of a Peace Process which Adams now claims he and Fr Reid had sown in 1976? Or could it be another slip of a tongue which has so often slipped up and Adams actually meant 1986?
Regardless of the year, you can be sure he is trying to put as much distance between himself and the IRA no matter what he says about fully supporting them. He talks about 'going to the IRA' as if he were a trusted outsider when in fact he should have been seen as the opposite .... An insider who should not have been trusted.
In order to try and fool the ... er ... foolish Adams is trying to claim he was working behind the scenes all along for peace and he had to take one thing at a time so as not to cause a split.
It seems that as long as the sheep continue to follow blindly he doesn't really care who sees his actions as a cold blooded betrayal of brave men and women. The only outcry will come from within Republicanism and he can fend this off as the work of those opposed to the peace process, Sinn Fein and so forth.
Without doubt, unscrupulous politicians and so called “Peacemakers” were afoot in 1976, but they hadn't yet taken control of the IRA leadership, nor were they called Betty and Mairead.