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post #1 of 17
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The IRA have announced that they will stand down all units as of 4pm today (that's in about 3 hours)

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/ne...p?story=654393

You see, when it comes down to it, guns and bombs achieve NOTHING positive. Dialogue and understanding are what is required.

It looks like we've got peace at home
post #2 of 17
That's just touching.


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The overwhelming majority of people in Ireland fully support this process. They and friends of Irish unity throughout the world want to see the full implementation of the Good Friday Agreement. Notwithstanding these difficulties our decisions have been taken to advance our republican and democratic objectives, including our goal of a united Ireland
The IRA doesn't care what the majority wants. They are ruthless mother #u@%ers with a good cause. Total low lifes akin to Osama and gang.
post #3 of 17
It's a tough time to be a terrorist organization.
post #4 of 17
I prefer to applaud any effort that is made to replace terrorism with dialogue and understanding. Best news I have heard in several weeks!
post #5 of 17

Yah for the IRA!

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Originally Posted by TomB
I prefer to applaud any effort that is made to replace terrorism with dialogue and understanding. Best news I have heard in several weeks!
Indeed. Me, too. I can only hope that other such organizations will follow suit--sooner rather than later.
post #6 of 17

I confess

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Originally Posted by PVnRT
It's a tough time to be a terrorist organization.
When I saw this earlier I did think about the weak dollar.
post #7 of 17
Fox, I hope, I truly hope you are right. God knows Ireland has seen hard and bloody times for many lifetimes, and the responsibility for that can be spread all around and thick. But if the people of Ireland--whatever their denomination, whatever their political allegiance--can work toward dialogue and understanding, as you put it, Ireland will be a better place and the world will be a better place.
post #8 of 17
That is Terrific News! ....Hopefully it will become contagious.
post #9 of 17
agreed on all counts above, especially for those who live right there where IRA are a fact of life.

however,

at what point does powerlessness and hopeful pleas falling on deaf ears become legitimate ground for saying the diplomatic approach won't work?

in other words,

how can we practice preventive rather than curative politics?
post #10 of 17
Don't forget a poet helped foment the whole mess: W. B. Yeats & company.

http://news-service.stanford.edu/new...oster-418.html
post #11 of 17
When people begin talking to one another instead of shooting each other there is cause for hope.
post #12 of 17
this lead the news here this morning, and my first thought was, they want to get out of the game of terrorism, it just ain't what it used to be. With the recent escalation of Islamic terrorism, and the events in London, they finally realised it's not their game any more.

The fall of the US dollar hadn't occured to me! Good one.
post #13 of 17
I´m also happy for you.
It´s somewhat sad that it comes only after the "New Terrorism" appeared but better late than never.
post #14 of 17

will it hold?

There are a few variables that will determine if the peace is to last. There is speculation that with a growing Irish/"Catholic" population, the emergent power of the vote will trigger a radical reaction by the Unionist camp. As they have superior numbers to legislate the "status quo" there is comfort, but, as their voting power is diminished, I would fear that there will be a violent reaction.

I think that another factor was the Republic's change in the constitution that in effect, abandoned the north. Wasn't it about five years ago? Till that point, there was a constitutional mandate to (symbolic, but written), unite with the north.

Where do the UFF and the UVF stand in this? Did the Orange Orders abandon marching season?

Just wondering because there was the usual "0%" coverage till this?
post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by Yuki
I think that another factor was the Republic's change in the constitution that in effect, abandoned the north. Wasn't it about five years ago? Till that point, there was a constitutional mandate to (symbolic, but written), unite with the north.
The constitutional change took place as a result of the Good Friday Agreement, which was 7 years ago (as far as I remember)
post #16 of 17
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Yuki
Did the Orange Orders abandon marching season?
This is an interesting one. Having sat down and discussed it with friends from both sides of the community, we were all in agreement that in the 70s and 80s, there was never any problem with the Orange marches. We would go out and watch the parades, and that would be that.

I'm not sure why they suddenly became problems in the 1990s, but since then they have been causes for concern.
As far as I'm aware, most passed off peacefully this year.
post #17 of 17
It matters not what reason is found to end fighting and suffering to seek peace, as long as it is fair and just for the population.

Wow. There's hope in the world. I wish others could follow this example.
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