Britain can end this war
EXPRESSIONS of deep shock from Margaret Thatcher in the wake of the IRA bombings which devastated two of the main British border posts in Ireland ring hollow down the decades of her futike policies in the Six Counties whih have prolonged the Irish war into the last years of the 20th Century. the six British soldiers, and one civilian collaborator, who lost their lives on Wednesday were the victims of that British failure to face the truth that there can be no peace while their military and political presence remains in our country.
The simultaneous exploitation at the heavily-fortified British Army border posts on the main Derry to Buncrana Road - where five soldiers were killed - virtually demolished both bases which are key installations in the ,military frontier with which Britain imposes the division of Ireland. Their destruction and the loss od six military personnel has been one of the most morale-shattering blows against British forces in recent years.
If there was British recognition of the inevitable fact that its military and political role in Ireland will come to an end, the way to peace would be open. The British Government must be forced to come to terms with that reality, to recognise sooner rather than later that it's for the Irish people as a whole, without the intererence of a foreign power, to resolve their differences and deside their future.
Britiain can end this war.
Phoblacht, Thursday 25 October 1990.