August 11, 2013

Fintan O'Toole and Eilis O'Hanlon compares IRA with the Baader Meinhof


In response to the Gerry Adams apology for the murder of prison officer Brian Stack, Eilis O'Hanlon wrote in the Sunday Independent:
"It's hard to think of a senior political leader in any other democracy who would get away with this behaviour. Does Angela Merkel go for rides with the Baader Meinhof gang?" 
 She continued:
"If they could stop being so indulgent towards offensive terrorist pantomimes, that would be nice too."
Fintan O'Toole made a similar charge in 1998:

"This belief encouraged the IRA republicans to adopt in the 1970s a classic terrorist position—shared at the time with groups like the Baader-Meinhof gang in Germany and the Red Brigades in Italy—that violence would produce a reaction which would display the state in its true, fascistic colors. Instead of trying to alleviate the suffering of ordinary Catholics, the IRA was intent on destroying rational reform and provoking repression. A defense of the IRA’s bombing campaign written in 1976 and published in its own newspaper was entirely explicit about this:

The growth of reaction isn’t to be frowned upon. We can inflate its importance and at our own leisure burst its credibility. As George Jackson, that great Black revolutionary, once said, “What would help us is to allow as many right-wing elements as possible to assume political power.”

http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/1998/feb/19/the-end-of-the-troubles/?page=2

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