Garden Centre Prods wake up; terrorists are re-writing history
Just recently I was asked a question by someone who self-defines himself as; ‘a garden centre Prod.’
He asked: what are you and these victims bleating on about? Why should any of this rewriting of the past matter to me, it really has no relevance to my life.
George Orwell once said; ‘Those who control the present, control the past and those who control the past control the future.’
The core argument advanced by apologists of violence is that: ‘One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.’
Victims and survivors are content to let the facts speak for themselves. The context behind the IRA’s campaign must first be understood. The objectives of the civil rights campaign were met in full and The Sunningdale Agreement was on the table. History confirms that ‘republicans’ were not interested in a Northern Ireland of equals, rather their driving force was to accelerate the advancement of a united Ireland through violent, criminal and terrorist guerrilla warfare tactics.
However if we assume the Provo mantra and consider that what happened here was ‘war’ then The Hague should be bursting at the seams with individuals being brought up for war crimes against humanity.
PIRA, the INLA and latterly RIRA, CIRA etc talk about the mistreatment and discrimination suffered by republicans while imprisoned in the Maze or Maghaberry but is it not the case that ultimately these republican prisoners walk out of jail into the arms of their families and supporters?