Bombing Derry
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By Anthony McIntyre (for the Pensive Quill)

In the swirl of ridicule that descended on the head of Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness in the wake of the Real IRA bombing of the Ulster Bank in Derry it is all too easy to lose sight of the catastrophe that draws closer with each exploding device. It seems the Real IRA has learned nothing from the Omagh bomb and is prepared to risk a repeat of the slaughter inflicted there in pursuit of a legitimate goal through means that are anything but legitimate. The veteran socialist activist Eamonn McCann made an interesting observation worthy of reflection by those seeking to prosecute wars that can never be won. ...it’s pointless demonising the dissidents as gangsters with no politics. There are clear parallels between their campaign and the Provos. The Provos were wrong then and the dissidents are wrong now. Their campaign will bring death and misery to all involved.

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