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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

God Save the Queen

Martin McGuinness telling the Queen,
"Slan agus beannacht" ("goodbye and godspeed")

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II shook hands with "former Irish Republican Army (IRA) commander" Martin McGuinness late last month, called by the press "the ultimate moment in Northern Ireland peacemaking." This is remarkable in many ways.


First, it reinforces RangerAgainstWar's position that warring parties must eventually reach an accord. The IRA, dubbed variously a terrorist organization and a revolutionary military organization has been fighting Britain for the unification of Ireland for almost 100 years. They did this by targeting British interests in a low intensity conflict (LIC) using terror tactics.


Reconciliation and political accommodation are necessary to address long-standing grievances. Although the official party line in the U.S. and Britain is that we do not negotiate with terrorists, this stand is obviously not unequivocal. The English abandoned their military approach to Northern Ireland in favor of a non-military one.

Facing the end of empire, the English are loathe to succumb to the terror, and have given as good as they got. The IRA were painted as thugs who murdered innocent civilians, though they often put out a warning before their bombings. The Queen suffered the murder of her cousin, Lord Mountbatten.

At least, NYT columnist MoDo called it "murder"; in fact, it was a targeted assassination. This parsing of terms is important, since in the Phony War on Terror (PWOT ©) the United States kills people every day but never calls it murder; instead we interdict, neutralize or eliminate a threat.

Next, is the recognition of former IRA leader Martin McGuinness as a "Commander", lending military legitimacy to the group. During the struggle, England refused to recognize the military nature of the IRA and so did not grant Prisoner of War status to captured IRA personnel (much as the U.S. fails to accord this designation to those whom it fights in its current wars in the Middle East.)

When was the last time anyone called anyone in the al Qaeda chain of command a "Commander", or afforded them any military dignity? We make reality by the labels we bestow.


It is instructive to note that many world leaders have started their careers on the terror side of the equation. Luminaries like Gerry Adams and McGuinness have attained center stage and are now viewed as legitimate power brokers.
This morphing into positions of legitimate leadership is the logical course for a LIC leader to follow.

This event suggests that the PWOT © has been a colossal cock up, and must eventually be settled by non-military means.

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4 Comments:

Blogger FDChief said...

Not to mention that a certain Virgina planter styling himself "General" would most certainly have been hanged had he surrendered at Yorktown instead of the reverse.

How soon we forget...

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at 3:51:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

Chief,
In all fairness GW rec'd a commission from congress, as did RE Lee from the Confed.Congress.
Neither GW or REL were terrorists.
Even Gen'l Giap is the equal of GW, but i won't afford the same legitimacy to the IRA, or should i say PIRA and various off shoots??
I think that your point is that even Terrorists evolve into legitimate status SOMETIMES.
i HOPE I didn't put words in your mouth.
jim

Thursday, July 12, 2012 at 9:15:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger FDChief said...

I think my point was more that one man's - or one country's "terrorist" is another's "freedom fighter". I don't think I was thinking so much about the military means but the political ends that General George, Giap, the Taliban yotzes, and this "commander" had in mind - the defeat of what they saw as the foreign invader...

Friday, July 13, 2012 at 7:55:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger FDChief said...

But you're right in that George and Giap were conventional soldiers. The Talibs are more like guerrilla fighters, while a hell of a lot of the PIRA types were out-and-out thugs, urban criminals.

One reason that these two characters shook hands and made up is that the PIRA lost the support of the people they were supposed to be fighting for because they DID degenerate into what amounted to urban gangsters. Couple that with the Brit cock-ups like Bloody Sunday I think the bulk of the Irish and British people just wanted the dumb bastards to knock it off, and so in the end they did...

Mind you - I have GREAT confidence in the ability of my Irish Prod cousins to fuck up the resulting arrangement. The Orangemen, like the Palestinians, have made a profession out of never missing an opportunity to miss an opportunity...

Friday, July 13, 2012 at 7:59:00 AM GMT-5  

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