What. The. Hell.
Well, as I sit down to coffee and read a blog or two before turning to the absolutely necessary study of terrorism (I've a major test on Monday), I'm listening to National Psocialist Radio. What made me slam down my Curious George mug of fresh-ground Spotlight (sloshing over a little on my computer desktop in the process) and shout at my radio was a passing comment regarding a terrorist attack in N. Ireland.
It seems that a crown loyalist fellow brought a sack of homemade explosives with him to lob at Belfast's parliament, yesterday. He was arrested before he could get any to go off. Well, here's the Reuters story.
The thing that caught my attention wasn't so much that a guy --even a loyalist-- had thrown a bomb into a building full of Irish lawmakers. It was that the history of this guy, Michael Stone, wasn't the lead. As NPR tells it, Michael Stone first gained notoriety when, in 1988, he similarly attacked an IRA funeral to kill three and wound as many as 60 with pistol fire and grenades. The attack was caught on news cameras that were present, and Stone was eventually captured and convicted.
In prison, Stone confessed not only to this attack, but to having killed three other Catholics (whom he suspected of being IRA)between 1984 and 1987. Stone received 800 years in prison. Good riddance, right?
Uh, no. Apparently politics beats out the rule of law in Ireland. The Good Friday Agreement of 1998 led to Stone's release in 2000. Er, what about the other 788 years that he was to serve? Oh, it's okay, though-- he renounced violence while in prison.
Well, earlier this month, he threatened to kill London mayor Ken Livingstone for supporting Gerry Adams, the spokesman for Sinn Fein. And now this. Look, I'm no fan of Gerry Adams. I think that he's an apolgist for murderers. But Mikey had renounced violence. That means no more murder, or any other kind of violence. I myself have not renounced all violence, though I am against unnecessary, unlawful violence.
The lead of the story should have read: "Scorpion Stings Frog: "It's My Nature."
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