There appears to be a factor lacking in this Boston College debate. It seems the college gets excused as they folded without as much as a second breath. Though let’s keep them out of the equation as that might upset the latest war drum banging from the party of peace SF.
SF or at least those who regurgitate the term ‘tout’ are with intent fear mongering. A while back it was Bangers leading the charge with his piss poor article The Making of a Tout. And now Adams has spoken and the minions run rampant in their typical have a go at anyone or thing that is remotely not in line with SF policy.
The sideshow of having a rattle at the project is diverting eyes away from the royal dinner. Typical hypocrisy as they bash the Belfast Project and froth at the mouth to hype and attend the bash at Winsor Castle. And why not? After all the leaders are all such respectful peace loving people who wouldn’t harm a fly. That is unless you don’t follow their confusing logic of pro-British rule republicanism.
It might arise as a surprise but the peace process made it possible for the Belfast Project to work. Those interviewed took a far greater risk when they were actively fighting the crown forces. Adams taking a swipe at these people, insulting their integrity and intelligence, didn’t have a problem when the same people were engaging the Brits.
The Shite Factory churning out more pro-British claptrap in another display of self-serving interest. The party has gone from banging bin lids to just being bin lids. Let’s compare assurances given to volunteers: you might get killed, you might get a good run of 6 months, you are almost guaranteed to serve hard time.
Now Adams has a problem with the people who sacrificed so much without whom he would probably still be pulling pints instead of pulling shrewd moves.
Now that the legal battle is over the project seems to be growing many different lives. The hindsight assurances and self interest talk is not a great issue or at least not worth revisiting as the answer would be if it was going to end up on the Brits table there would have been no project.
Republicanism has weathered worse storms and the latest hype over it reminds me of the first supergrass panic that soon became routine.
Rather than jump on the speculation wagon or even become critical of the project I believe as republicans we should weigh up the right for those interviewed to explain their part in the conflict.
It is in my opinion a worthy idea, one that was sabotaged by the very people entrusted with it. In the end game Boston College failed academia miserably and rather than protect the confidentiality of the project they, like Adams, jumped the gun and were more than willing to cooperate and save the face of the college and to hell with the ramifications that would come. After all Belfast is a world away.
I have been following this from the word go and cannot find a solid reason to condemn or be critical as I can only respect the integrity of those involved we would be fooling ourselves if we think that the British are finished prosecuting the past with or without the project.
SF should stick with playing appeasement politicians on the hill and keep telling people to spy on others - the rule of hypocrisy. It seems SF is not content as they continue their private war with anti-treaty-republicans.
I would be impressed if I got to read one article from SF that could convince me the project was ill-conceived. I should be more generous and make that one paragraph as to date all they blabber out is ‘tout’ which coming from SF adds up to apes beating their chests, posturing as staunch republicans.
It would be unreasonable to be critical of Brendan Hughes and Dolours Price, unquestionably dedicated republicans. Why would I believe Adams spin when he attacks all of those involved in the project, the same hypocrite that made sure he attended Brendan Hughes’ funeral?
The SF concern is not about republicanism. It’s blatantly about SF. Whilst they are busy kissing the arse of their queen they always find time to attack anything that is not SF stamped.
It’s a storm that will pass and republicanism might actually benefit from it rather than fear it.
Unfortunately and regretfully the legal battle was lost. Boston College’s betrayal was a gift for the PSNI backed by SF.
So why pay attention to their mouthing of rubbish on this issue? Republicans need to stand behind those whose integrity during the conflict earned them the right to speak freely. Why support the party that only presents its own narrative?
Life doesn’t come with guarantees’ it’s pretty much a gamble. I believe the Project was a genuine recording of part of the conflicts history.
On this one I stand with Anthony and all those involved. Republicanism needs to stop reeling every time the wind blows and remember it was once strong and in time can regain that strength.
SF can dictate to their followers but they can’t dictate republicanism. Oppose SF not the truth.