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Saturday, November 25, 2006

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."

Glub glub glub.

4 Comments:

At Saturday, November 25, 2006 2:27:00 PM, Anonymous Wha Wadna Fecht for Charlie said...

Greetings from Northern Ireland.

"Look, I'm no fan of Gerry Adams. I think that he's an apolgist for murderers." -

You must be the only person in the US that sees Adams for what he is. We do find it strange that Sinn Fein are so popular in the US, as they are a marxist political party with links to other terrorist groups around the world. The whole republican movement in on this island is very anti-american.

Regards,
Wha Wadna Fecht for Charlie.

 
At Saturday, November 25, 2006 3:47:00 PM, Blogger Matt G said...

Nah, there's plenty of folk here who know what Gerry Adams is, and what his movement is. The IRA isn't so different from the PLO. In a way, I have more respect for the late Yassir Arafat than for Gerry Adams. Arafat at least was more open about his stance.

 
At Tuesday, November 28, 2006 10:55:00 AM, Anonymous cait said...

Our nick is National Propaganda Radio and it's great for getting the juices flowing as we drive into work each morning.

Looking forward to the listener's comments - let's wait and listen to the ones they pick to air. Should be interesting and, oh yeah, balanced. (*snort*)

Cheers,
Cait

 
At Friday, December 08, 2006 10:33:00 AM, Blogger Memphis Steve said...

I've been reading a book about Psychopathy in Prison Populations. Your conclusion, "it's in my nature" pretty much sums it all up. Some people have no conscience. Some people are just going to do this stuff no matter what.

 

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