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Richard Wallace • 16 March 2005

I do not understand why these gossip attacks against the McCartney sisters are even taking place.

To allow sadistic killers to use their trusted position within the republican movement to protect themselves against a vicious crime against their own community, for a despicable and heinous butchering of a non-combatant fellow Irishman, a community neighbor, has nothing to do with Ireland's 800 year quest to expel a hostile foreign government from its illegal occupation of Ireland; it has nothing to do with Republicanism; it has nothing to do with the totally disgraced crawling-on-their-belly, once-upon-a-time Irish Army.

To allow this pretense to be a subject of logical discourse is to lose site of reality, and to join in with the hysteria of the politicians and the press. There is nothing any more respectable about these thugs and butchers than there was about the Orange Order Death Gang who nailed that fellow to a fence a couple of years ago. When these barbarians go to jail, they should not be allowed on the same floor with decent individual who are in jail for only one reason: Britain’s point-of-a-gun occupation of the Six Counties of Ulster. If Britain were not occupying the Six Counties of Ulster at the point of a bayonet and air-to-ground missiles, these men would not be in jail; they would be home with their families; just like the fellows of 1916.

To compare the McCartney butchers to any one of over 100 Republican prisoners is a slap in the face to the prisoners, to their families, and a slap in the face of those heroes of 1916. To allow a morally deficient local street gang to tarnish the just cause of the Native Irish in their demand for national sovereignty over an evil, corrupt, and criminal foreign government is to rob the Irish of their right to their own destiny. All nations have that right, but only a small minority is demanding it for Ireland. Do not allow immoral, empty criminals to derail a just and historic cause.

To take a single snip at the McCartney sisters for their efforts to bring a lawful closure to the circumstances of a lawless society is a disgrace. Their brother was butchered: he and they are the victims. They have every right to take whatever actions they deem necessary, even if they had accepted the gang’s offer to kill one of their own thugs; which the sisters did not, to their own credit. They do not have to justify themselves when they were the only ones who spoke out against this injustice.





























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