Posted by: the watchmen | March 10, 2009

Gerry Adam’s Weasel Words__Heathcott Amory.

Back to the Troubles? Loyalist graffiti appeared yesterday in Armagh

SAID: ‘ You may take some succour from the fact that whoever was involved have no support, no strategy and no popular will to back up their actions.’

MEANT: What really matters is that my political position and future career prospects must not be affected by these killings.

SAID: ‘Sinn Fein has a responsibility to be consistent. The logic of this is that we support the police in the apprehension of those involved in last night’s attack.’

MEANT: But if you think for one minute that I or my Sinn Fein colleagues would actually hand over any of the killers, forget it.

SAID: Asked why he hadn’t expressed condolences: ‘The Sinn Fein statement (describing the killings as counterproductive) was totally and absolutely unprecedented. The history of these islands … is that the British Army in Ireland is not wanted by republicans, by patriots or democrats.’

MEANT: I was – though I now deny it – a senior IRA commander. I have never renounced violence, but merely accepted that for the moment politics is a more effective means to my ends than murder.

SAID: ‘We’ve never tried to separate ourselves from the past, we’ve tried to live in the future.’

MEANT: Those in Britain who believe that when we entered the ‘peace process’ I and other Sinn Fein leaders drew a line under the violence of the past make a profound mistake. No Irish republican leader will ever give up our grudge against Britain, or our ambition of a united Ireland nor will we accept that there will never be any more killings in pursuit of that grudge.
SAID: ‘The chief constable made a huge mistake, bringing in undercover British Army units. The involvement of these units in the past has led to the same type of suffering that has unfortunately been endured by the families of the two British soldiers who were killed.’
MEANT: We’ve done our best to destroy the ability of the security forces to control us by dismantling the Royal Ulster Constabulary, and one stubborn chief constable who believes that republican murderers shouldn’t be allowed to plot in peace isn’t going to stop us. If I have my way, he’s the one who’ll get the blame for Sunday’s killings.
SAID: ‘The real issue is that the threat to a peace process in Ireland has to be combated, and that puts a huge responsibility on Gordon Brown … to actively defend the peace process, and it puts a big onus on the police to act accordingly also.’
MEANT: And absolutely no responsibility on Sinn Fein, because as always, the killing and the atrocities are never our fault.

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