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Who's A Nazi?

Unionist Revisionist Dr John Coulter casts a cynical eye on the aftermath of the recent Dublin riot and poses the question – who are the real Nazis now on the island?


Dr John Coulter • 6 March 2006

Who are the real Nazis now in Ireland? That's what unionism must be asking in the wake of the Love Ulster protest riot, and what will dissident republicans' next move be?

The more sinister long-term consequence of the Dublin city centre street battles between dissident republicans and the Gardai is that it is the first step in a process to import the Northern Troubles into the South.

The ultimate goal of militant republicanism is a 32-county democratic socialist Ireland, and this year being the 90th anniversary of the failed Dublin Easter Rising could well be the spark which lights the flames of a hate campaign against the Gardai.

This would be a carbon copy of the running street battles which republicans sparked in the late Sixties with the Northern RUC and B Specials in an attempt to de-stabilise the North.

That erupted into a generation of sectarian slaughter, but with the Provos' political wing, Sinn Fein, eclipsing moderate nationalism as the dominant voice for Northern Catholicism.

Bertie Ahern's Fianna Fail coalition government must be praying the Dublin rioting can be branded as a 'one off' confrontation and scenes of hand-to-hand fights between dissidents and police are not a taste of things to come from the republican family – with a Southern general election expected in less than 18 months.

The Dublin riot was also an 'up yours' to Provo Sinn Fein boss Gerry Adams from the rival, but lunatic fringe movement, Republican Sinn Fein.

A week before the riot, Adams had told a packed Sinn Fein Ard Fheis in Dublin republicanism must embrace unionism. Clearly, this was a massive bid by the dissident Continuity republican movement to deeply embarrass the Adams leadership ahead of any talks to re-establish the power-sharing Executive with unionists at Stormont.

There have also been allegations known Provo Sinn Fein activists were among the rioters. If these allegations are proven, it will be further evidence of a split within mainstream republicanism between those who favour the Adams purely political route, and those who still want some form of armed struggle.

More confrontation and rioting by dissident republicans could derail Provo Sinn Fein's plans to increase its representation in the Dail to between a dozen to 15 seats – making the Provo IRA's political wing a prime candidate for a coalition government partner with Fianna Fail.

Okay, so there's big talk south of the border about a supposed Rainbow Coalition involving Fine Gael, the Progressive Democrats and even the Green Party – but not a mention of the Shinners! Even if Provo Sinn Fein is excluded from the so-called Rainbow Coalition, it could still leave the IRA's political wing holding the balance of power on both sides of the border within two years.

Similarly, with Provo Sinn Fein dominating the nationalist map north of the border, leaving Republican Sinn Fein and the INLA's political wing, the Irish Republican Socialist Party, as electoral non-entities, the only place the Continuity movement can gain credence is in the South.

The real danger is that the Continuity movement begins an orchestrated campaign of attacks on Loyal Order parades and Protestant church property in the Republic, forcing the Orange Order and Royal Black Institution to shift annual parades or church services north of the border.

Such a campaign would create an enormous policing headache for the Southern security forces, and could also threaten moves to get loyalist terror gangs like the UVF and UFF to decommission and disband – especially now that dissident loyalists seem 'back in business' with their covername, the Red Hand Defenders.

The key questions which both Ahern and the unionist leadership must now seriously find accurate answers to are – where will the Continuity movement strike next, does this spell the end of Protestant parades in the South, and is the dissident campaign short-term to mark the Easter Rising, or long-term to de-stabilise the Republic?

Irish President Mary McAleese and leading Clonard priest Father Alec Reid both became embroiled in rows over unionism being compared to Nazism.

But as republican renegades reigned volleys of missiles down upon the Gardai, unionists across the island were sitting smugly asking – who are the real Nazis now in Ireland?

The only conclusion unionists could reach from the Dublin debacle was that an element remains within republicanism which does not want to do business with Protestants, but wants to exterminate every trace of their very culture.

Then again, republicans would like to conveniently forget how Dublin remained neutral during World War Two whilst Hitler's armies rampaged across much of Europe.

And didn't the IRA want to help the Nazis invade the North as part of a brainwave to eventually invade England? If they had succeeded, how many Irish people would have died in Nazi death camps across Britain?

And never, never, never forget Sir Oswald Mosley, the leader of Britain's notorious Blackshirt movement – the British Union of Fascists - was a committed supporter of the militant Irish republican cause.

Makes you wonder; scrape away the green paint from some republicans and you seem to find a black swastika staring back.








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