1) Where the Civil Rights’ movement and the Social Democratic and Labour Party successfully represented Northern Nationalists in the early 1970s, introduce an unwanted campaign of terrorism largely fought by teenagers and young persons.
2) Target not only British soldiers who were initially welcomed by the Nationalist community, but also Protestant neighbours, not only members of the RUC and UDR, but also Protestant neighbours who were nothing more than civilians.
3) Engage in a tit-for-tat sectarian murder campaign targeting largely innocent Protestants, often hiding behind the names of non-existent groups.
4) Introduce a campaign of bombing which repeatedly caused maximum civilian casualties in Northern Ireland and in Britain, with a policy of not claiming those bombings that cost the greatest number of casualties.
5) Abduct, torture, execute and dump along the border the corpses of men, women and teenagers as required, labeling them as informers.
6) Introduce a policy of disappearing corpses of men, women and teenagers murdered by the IRA whose murders might cause revulsion in the nationalist community if they were to become known.
7) Send many thousands of young people to prison for decades for atrocious Human Rights’ atrocities.
8) Exploit the hunger strikes and deaths of prisoners for paramilitary and political advantage.
9) Long after the realization that the campaign of terror was disuniting Ireland, secretly negotiate immunity from prosecution for the IRA Army Council and release of prisoners in return for calling off the campaign of terror, disbanding its paramilitary gang and disposing of its arsenal.
10) Call this ignominious end of its campaign of terror a “victory”.
11) Slither into both partitionist parliaments in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in the biggest Republican U-turn since 1922.
12) Attempt to save face by constantly glorifying past fighters and murderers whose campaign of terror – and their own deaths – were in the end for nothing.
13) Bury the truth of the atrocious horror of its Human Rights’ atrocities behind a hypocritical campaign of legal cases in the very courts of British Justice whose judges and lawyers it previously murdered.
14) Hide behind the skirts of Sinn Féin and put on the makeup of peacemakers, aided by the three governments who awarded it immunity from prosecution for ending its campaign.
15) Withhold the corpse of a Catholic British soldier, Captain Robert Nairac, denying his family the right to bury him, in unended bitterness of zeal against the SAS.
For a discussion of Mary Lou McDonald’s links to the IRA, see here.
For a discussion of the IRA’s failure to repent any of its crimes, see here.
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