Well friends, here are the public "tweets" (voices) of Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness on the subject: I am sure it will come as a shock to some:
Gerry Adams@GerryAdamsSF 11h: If NY St Patricks Day Parade Committee have withdrawn an invite 2 PSNI then that is a mistake which needs rectified.
Martin McGuinness @M_McGuinness_SF 13h: Strongly of the view the PSNI marching alongside their Garda colleagues in N/Y will be welcomed by all those who support Peace in Ireland.
I am now even more convinced, as I stated yesterday, that this was a high-level British ploy to destroy the parade and what is left of independent Nationalist Catholic Irish America.
Some say the invite was 'solicited by the British government to be a 'wound-healing' gesture.' In my opinion, the invite to the PSNI to march in the St. Patrick's Day parade was a test of our Irish-American resolve by both the British government and Sinn Fein.
If they had achieved their mission, they would have assumed Irish-American support for justice and a re-united Ireland was weak or dwindling in America and they would continue to pursue, now obviously with the help of Sinn Fein, to divide us, conquer us and silence those independent Irish-Americans who continue to speak out against British injustice in the north. After all, we are a constant reminder to them of these injustices.
The writing is on the wall and it started with the subpoenas of the Boston College Irish Project tapes. The last Irish strong hold of support for Catholicism and Irish republicanism is here in the USA. If the Brits can destroy that, then in my opinion, all is lost for the nationalist community and a re-united Ireland.
The above "Tweets" from Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness say it all. However, I would like to point out that Martin McGuinness emphasized "those who support peace in Ireland". In other words Martin, are you saying that those who are against the PSNI marching in an Irish Catholic parade, are against peace? Catch yourself on Martin. Your words may intimidate some but it doesn't fly with all of us over here.
Maybe it's time for Irish-American supporters of Sinn Fein to re-think their financial support for the party or any political entity that would support the PSNI/RUC. Regardless of how much Sinn Fein or the British government try to put a spin on "how the PSNI has reformed," take a look at the Gerry McGeough's case, Stephen Murney case, Marian Price, Martin Corey, Ballymurphy case, and the list goes on and on and on.
Well, you say...'who else can we support? We've supported Sinn Fein for 20 to 30 years.' And yes, so did I, unconditionally. However, there comes a time when being "politically correct" is wrong and we have to step back and re-examine that support and make the necessary adjustments to ensure the party we endorse is not speaking out both sides of their mouth.
Sandy Boyer summed it up yesterday when he said 'What will they do next time?'
However you spend it, have a great St. Patrick's Day.