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Old 09-25-2005, 01:22 PM   #1
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IRA Officially Disarms

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BELFAST, Northern Ireland - International weapons inspectors have supervised the full disarmament of the outlawed Irish Republican Army, a long-sought goal of Northern Ireland's peace process, an aide said Sunday.

The IRA permitted two independent witnesses, including a Methodist minister and a Roman Catholic priest close to Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams, to view the secret disarmament work conducted by officials from Canada, Finland and the United States, the aide said on condition of anonymity.

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It won't change much here

No photographic evidence so i doubt the unionists will accept this

Ugh i should never read the comments people make on the news stories....they just rile me up...
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yeah, seems like a political stunt to me. but it can't be a bad thing, can it?

what comments are you talking about LJT?
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Here's a very interesting article from the BBC:


IRA arms story about to unfold
By Brian Rowan

BBC Northern Ireland security editor


We are expecting the decommissioning men to emerge soon to tell us of the secret work they have been involved in over the past few weeks.

The men on this latest Irish mission are General John de Chastelain, Andrew Sens and Tauno Nieminen - the commissioners of the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning.
Their job has been to put the IRA's weapons "beyond use", and confirmation that this has now happened is likely to come within a few days - possibly at the beginning of next week.


This is the follow-up to the IRA statement of July when it ordered an end to its armed campaign and said it would complete the decommissioning process.


There won't be the photographs demanded by Ian Paisley's Democratic Unionist Party last year, and there is nothing to suggest that the DUP-nominated church witness - the Reverend David McGaughey - will be involved.


But when de Chastelain and his colleagues come to tell the story of decommissioning next week, it will be different from anything we have heard before. It has to be.


This time it has to be "definitive", one source told the BBC News website.

The general has to be able "to account for all the weapons that he knows about," he added.


What he means is that this time the IICD has to be able to say that the job is done - that they have put beyond use all the weapons the IRA has hidden in its arms dumps.



The commissioners are working with security estimates of the scale of the IRA's arsenal - much of it Libyan-supplied, including the potent explosive Semtex.

So, within days, we are expecting a detailed IICD account of what has happened over the past few weeks and, this time, there will be additional commentary from two churchmen - one a Protestant, the other a Catholic - who have been asked to witness the process.


These are the new watching eyes, and what they have to say will be an important part of convincing a listening and watching public that the threat of the IRA's gun has now gone.


Some believe the DUP is positioning itself to "reject" whatever is said on decommissioning, and there is a belief that the party will use the fact there are no photographs and that their witness was not chosen, to dismiss what is said and done.

The deputy leader of the DUP, Peter Robinson, puts it differently.

"I absolutely cannot understand their (the IRA's) logic," he said. "This is the sort of thing you can't do twice. If it doesn't convince us, there will be long delays (in terms of re-building the political process).

"The key is, it's got to be convincing if it's going to build confidence in the unionist community. And it's obvious their priority is international opinion rather than unionist confidence."

One source dismissed the fact that the Reverend McGaughey has not been involved saying: "It doesn't really matter (so long as) it's somebody who has mainstream unionist approval."

The IRA has not commented publicly on the witnesses, and while there has been much speculation, there is no confirmation yet of who they are.

We will know soon and, as the story of decommissioning plays out over the next few days, there will be statements also from the Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams and the IRA itself.

This could be the last time that "P O'Neill" speaks in this IRA campaign.

The focus will switch soon to the business of loyalist decommissioning.

It has been their guns that have been loudest recently, and not one weapon has been decommissioned by the main organisations - the Ulster Volunteer Force and the Ulster Defence Association.

This is the next phase of work for the IICD but, within days, the story of the end of IRA decommissioning will have been told.

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/4279256.stm

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Two points of interest for me in this report:

1) SinnFein is planning a MPH (MakePartitionHistory) rally in Dublin

(an interesting play on words of the MakePovertyHistory organization founded by fellow Dubliner Bob Geldof)

2) truly the next phase of this struggle should be the decommissioning of loyalist forces - especially after the loyalist violence we've seen over the last month

When all is said and done - may peace, tolerance and goodwill
come to all of northern Ireland soon!
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yeah, seems like a political stunt to me. but it can't be a bad thing, can it?

what comments are you talking about LJT?
Ahh no i am saying the IRA has disarmed just the Unionists won't accept it...tis all they will rattle on etc the reason why the IRA doesn't want pictures shown of their disarmanent is a pride thing...if the unionist parties get their hands on the images they would rub it into everyones faces...would be a humiliating thing for the IRA.

Ahh the comments are on the news article on Yahoo, you go to the discuss link at the bottom....just a lot of racism towards the Irish...just getting me umm a bit pissed off...
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Two points of interest for me in this report:

1) SinnFein is planning a MPH (MakePartitionHistory) rally in Dublin

(an interesting play on words of the MakePovertyHistory organization founded by fellow Dubliner Bob Geldof)

2) truly the next phase of this struggle should be the decommissioning of loyalist forces - especially after the loyalist violence we've seen over the last month

When all is said and done - may peace, tolerance and goodwill
come to all of northern Ireland soon!
Thanks for wishing us the best and all

Umm loyalists have generally been far more active than the IRA in the past 8-10 yeas...loyalists should have been focused on years and years ago...
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Oh I see what you mean...so basically it would be devastating for certain (loyalist) parties if the IRA went away? That makes sense. There are tons of politicians here that will go on and on about specific issues (often non-issues), to avoid having to deal with minor details like the economy,etc. Seems to work well.

Well good luck and all like Jamila said of course.

btw, I am a political satire junkie, and I found a site called purederry.com a few nights ago that might amuse you (or not, but you don't seem too easily offended by humor).
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Thanks for the site VG tis good stuff

I am just happy i only have another week of being in Belfast.
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you're going to uni!

(look what this place is doing to me, the other day I called it uni instead of college and my friend looked at me like I was crazy. )
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hehe well you still have a bit to wait for uni yourself

oooh Crumbs is on the radio
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I know.

Have you downloaded the version of Crumbs from Minneapolis?
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haha just noticed this on the site you sent me to VG

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from an older one:

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"Pope Emperor Palpatine"?

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i have the fear the truth is not being said completely...................
i don't believe they've really disarmed................
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Well the weapons they received were in cases above the security forces estimates and all others fell within those estimates....

Lets make it clear nobody knows how many weapons the IRA had, the IRA don't know how many weapons they have....you can never know if they have given up everything they have had....it is just impossible

What we need to know is whether thay have decommissioned the threat to kill...and all the recent statements have basically said that.

Now there is no way of ever knowing whether elements of the IRA will remain active, the lower levels may carry out their own activities....but i believe the top guys, the council want this to be over...

But as far as decommissioning goes...they have i think...they have decommissioned all their known weapons in my opinion...i have faith in de Chastelain...they need to focus on the loyalists now...they have let them go on to long without any political pressure put on them
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What we need to know is whether thay have decommissioned the threat to kill...and all the recent statements have basically said that.
I agree with this. I don't know what it's like over there (I suppose it's illegal to own guns?), but I know here it's not too hard to buy some rifles. I can imagine they could get more guns in a second if they wanted to, you can't prevent that. You can't card someone everytime they pick up some fertilizer at the store. But it seems like they're saying they have no intention of using any violent means, which is kind.

About the loyalist gangs, why do they deserve the distinction of being "loyalists"? Attacking police and each other hardly has anything to do with any cause, and from what I understand it's got a lot more to do with drugs. Why not just call them drug mobs, etc? I know I'm being naive, but it just seems like they don't even deserve to be treated as a symptom of the troubles or whatever, just a drug gang.

by the way, did you guys ever find out what the IRA are planning to do with the $50,000,000 they robbed...
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hehe it depends...it may not have been a proper IRA operation that bank robbery...i think it was more an element of the IRA that knew the IRA would be decommissioning so they went for a big pay deal...or it could have been the IRA council setting up their retirement fund The top guys are used to a certain lifestyle....

No one knows really...the Northern Bank retracted all its notes in circulation and issued new ones so the ones that were stolen would be worthless...but i am assuming the people who stole it managed to do something with it
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About the loyalist gangs, why do they deserve the distinction of being "loyalists"? Attacking police and each other hardly has anything to do with any cause, and from what I understand it's got a lot more to do with drugs. Why not just call them drug mobs, etc? I know I'm being naive, but it just seems like they don't even deserve to be treated as a symptom of the troubles or whatever, just a drug gang.
On your other points...the loyalists are armed to the teeth with 'legal' weapons and many others. As you said nothing is going to stop any element of any porganisation going out getting some fertiliser and lemon juice and hey presto we have bombs, grenades what ever...the IRA were famed for being able to make anything into a bomb...rocket launchers out of pipes, and bombs out biscuit packaging Its just something you can't really decommission on either side...if someone wants to kill they will.

Loyalists are confused...they are losing their natural enemy they were happier when the IRA was active...as now they don't have a purpose to exist but they want to keep their drug running and all that...they are not just drug gangs though...UVF a loyalist group was formed in 1912, that is far older than what we call the IRA now...loyalists are still engaged in forcing Catholics from their homes in places like Ahoghill, they are still sectarian....

Also i would like to say...just because the IRA has decommissioned it doesnt mean the end of Republicanism vs Loyalism...Republicanism has had many different forms in the past such as the Irish Republican Brotherhood, The Fenians etc the name changes every now and then, the cause stays the same.

I hate to say this you know the cause has always umm resonated with me...it is what i want and i can't blame these guys in the 1800s or early 1900s, trying to free their country from British rule..i am nationalist i want a free united Ireland...but times have achanged and the violence gets you nowhere in this modern world and i don't support violent means to get a united Ireland.
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Yeah there's nothing wrong with sympathizing with the cause, even if you don't agree with the tactics. I probably would too...it seems like these days, especially post-9/11 with all the "war on terror" talk, it would be more beneficial to use political means as it is.

I actually have a question...I understand this movement started as a civil rights movement similar to the one in the southern US in the 60s, but for a number of reasons took a more violent turn. I'm assuming that a lot of the rights Catholics were deprived of are now in place, so one could just assume that it's the IRA campaign that achieved that. Do you think thats true, ie could a completely nonviolent campaign have achieved the same results, and if not when do think the IRA should've ended their campaign (if you think it should've been earlier than it was)? I hope that question makes sense...

by the way, I looked at the list of the decomissioned weapons on the bbc, and I didn't see "1 bad Harrison Ford movie" anywhere in sight.
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