Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Epitaph on Martin McGuiness

Martin McGuiness, former 'Chief of Staff' of the provisional IRA, now a Minister of the Crown in Northern Ireland, will shake hands with the Queen today.

Here richly, with ridiculous display,

The Politician's corpse was laid away.

While all of his acquaintance sneered and slanged

I wept: for I had longed to see him hanged.

Belloc's epitaph fits Gerry Adams too, of course. 

Martin McGuinness is praised by Mary Kenny in today's Belfast Telegraph for having come a long way but he has not come nearly as far as Britain. He was always in favour of peace - on his terms.

The UK was finally winning when the peace process started, thanks to informers, and I believe it would have been better not to have had a peace process and to continue with some, perhaps few,  terrorist outrages rather than release the killers and allow the IRA a partial victory at the expense of the OUP and the SDLP. Importantly, after September 11th it would have been impossible for the IRA to raise money in the USA and as Deep Throat says, follow the money. The IRA was always an American-funded attack on the U.K. and without American money it was almost nothing. 

Another disastrous mistake for which Tony Blair must be blamed. Not so much John Major, though he started the ball rolling.

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