Sure enough they Salute Hamas and its "Operation Al-Aqsa Storm" of genocide to kill as many Jews as they could. I was disgusted. Today, 12th October, Saoradh has not self-reflected and withdrew its support for Hamas. There is no justification to support Islamism and its crimes against humanity. And no self-respecting Republican would ever support Islamism’s acts of depravity and pure evil. It appears Dissidents are becoming more radicalised in their thinking that genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity are legitimate means. This radicalisation has never been part of Republican psychic.
I recalled that after the 9/11 atrocities I could not believe there were Republicans/dissidents gleeful about those attacks. They thought so little of the Irish communities in the US that have stood in solidarity with Republicans throughout the Conflict. When I explained that Islamism hates the world and if you are not Muslim, or the type of Muslim they like, then they would as easily kill you unless maybe you converted. One dissident responded “Haven’t we oppressed and tortured Muslims, we deserve it.” I reminded him of Irish history, we had been the oppressed and never the oppressor. The defence was but we are part of the West, we deserve it. Scary thinking. Years later I encountered someone else who defended ISIS’ right to carry out genocide and acts of sheer barbarity and cruelty. Dissident radicalised thinking is a matter of concern.
So Saoradh have praised Hamas, loved their war crimes and crimes against humanity. Another frequent contributor to The Pensive Quill once wrote how when dissidents secure a United Ireland – they would then sort out the Unionists and other enemies. I called him out for it – I assume I am ‘other enemy’ because I didn’t agree with him. These people don’t actually get that war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity should never be carried out by anyone, even by those you like. I realize that if Saoradh and violent dissidents had the manpower and weaponry they might do the same if they aren’t repulsed by it. It comes down to opportunity and they don’t have it. The IRA would never even have thought of doing these things – killing babies and gang raping civilians, abducting little children and other sick and horrific acts of cruelty. Saoradh and the Left’s sympathies for Islamism is deranged and detached from decency and human dignity.
I am concerned about both Israeli and Palestinian civilians. Hamas attacks have always been designed, not for the insignificant damage they inflict, but the disproportionate response they draw from the Israelis. Their latest attacks are consistent with that strategy. They have effectively wrapped a suicide belt around the Gaza Strip in expectation of the Israelis blitzing it and that would draw other Muslims to attack Jews. In essence they are sacrificing Gaza in hope the Jews would be wiped off the face of the planet – they stated as much – to end the occupier’s existence on earth - or something like that. That is pure desire for genocide not freedom fighting.
The Palestinian leadership in the West Bank have said they don’t want any part of Hamas crimes against humanity. It’s a shame Saoradh hadn’t got the same decency and compassion. I would not want to live in Saoradh’s radicalised idea of a United Ireland. It besmirches the ideals and aspirations of generations of Irish Republicanism.
⏩ Christy Walsh was stitched up by the British Ministry of Defence in a no jury trial and spent many years in prison as a result.