Guest writer, Owen Sullivan answers Liam O'Ruairc

“It is not enough to have traitors and agents within a movement, it is necessary to change the oppositional social movement's relation to the state.“ ---Liam O'Ruairc

Donald Rumsfeld called it “…draining the swamp”. 
 The British government called it: “Ulsterisation - Normalization - Criminalization"

Like all imperial counterinsurgency, Keynesian or otherwise, it can have many prongs.

And it works best when all are operating at once.

But it can’t work at all without treasonous liars.

They are the dash of salt in an otherwise unpalatable stew, the catalysts for all national treachery.

Without which there can be no empire. 

That’s why so much effort is put into turning and co-opting them.

It is also why they themselves put so much effort into killing and intimidating their critics.

And that’s no abstraction. 

Read their writing on their walls. 

Visit the Fenian graves of among others Joseph O’Connor, Brendan Hughes and Dolours Price. 

If only the Provo turning was just a matter of social and economic transformation.

Then all could be forgiven. 

In the meantime it’s second verse same as the first:
They think that they have pacified Ireland.

They think that they have purchased half of us and intimidated the other half.

They think that they have foreseen everything, think that they have provided against everything;

But the fools, the fools, the fools!

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