Last weeks killing of PSNI officer Ronan Kerr combined with the massive public backlash expressed on various media outlets and rallies has served to strengthen the status-quo and the acceptability of the PSNI. In doing so providing a hostile environment for radical politics to operate in and ‘legitimacy’ to an intensification in intimidation and repression of republicans, their families and dissenters who dares to question the status-quo. Some media commentators suggesting that the booby trap car bomb will do for the PSNI what Bloody Sunday massacre did for the Provisional IRA.
The politics of condemnation is a familiar ritual and convenient smokescreen from the so-called great and good in our society. Iit is these politicians, faceless bureaucrats and clergy who have laid the foundations of sectarianism, inequality and injustice which keep the scars of the past still burning. The actions of those who continue to plant the bombs are just as futile and counter-productive as it the spin and words of wisdom coming from the lips of McGuiness and Robinson. The life of Ronan Kerr is no more equal than the lives of countless of people who have suffered and died at the hands of states and police in Ireland, both North and South and across the world.
As fellow WSM comrade James Mc Barron has already correctly pointed out in an earlier article ‘armed struggle in the context of the six counties is a cul-de-sac’ and more importantly ‘Every bomb attack and every shooting allows Martin McGuiness and Peter Robinson off the hook as they are presiding over massive cutbacks and attacks on the working class’.
Further reading: http://www.wsm.ie/c/armed-republicanism-dead-end