GERRY ADAMS' PAST
FOR THE PURPOSE OF THIS PARTICULAR BLOG CAN I MAKE IT ABSOLUTELY CLEAR THAT I AM NOT A "REPUBLICAN" OR A MEMBER OF SINN FEIN.
Time and time again politicians both North and South of Ireland go on ad nauseum about Gerry Adams past and whether or not he was a member of the IRA.
These politicians are being out and out hypocrites. Fianna Fail in the South is the descendent of Eamon DeValera and the OLD IRA.
Enda Kenny, the current Taoiseach, and his part Fine Gael are the decendents of the Blueshirts.
In the North there are very few unionist or loyalist politicians who at some stage of their lives did not associate with and support Loyalist Paramilitaries.
The current British establishment are the descendents of the British Empire that for hundreds of years murdered, plundered, raped and pillaged half the world.
Only a few years ago Nelson Mandela, who has now being canonized as a Civic Saint was once written off and imprisoned as a "terrorist".
George Bush Jnr and the now devout Roman Catholic Tony Blair have quite rightly being called "international terrorists" by Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa
Very few people in this world do not have a past or skeletons in the cupboard.
"EVERY SAINT HAS A PAST AND EVERY SINNER HAS A FUTURE"
When it comes to Gerry Adams we should remember that if it were not for him the war in Northern Ireland would still be continuing. John Hume, a good man, could not have pulled off the Peace Process on his own. It was Adams and McGuinness who delivered the IRA.
Gerry Adams has also played the major part, risking great personal danger, in taking the IRA and Sinn Fein into politics and abandoning the gun. Sinn Fein is now a very important part of political life on the island of Ireland - both North and South.
Years before other political parties had positions on the rights of women or gay people etc Sinn Fein had them.
I think that the establishment are afraid of Adams and Sinn Fein because Sinn Fein has a real chance of achieving power in the Republic of Ireland. Sinn Fein politicians only take a working wage and donate the rest of their salary to their political campaigns.
How many other politicians, North and South take only part of their salary and take home just the living wage?
So let's stop harping on about people's pasts. Let's judge them by their present and their future hopes and dreams.
When I was going through college I was taught that if you used the argumentum ad hominem (attack the man and not his argument) you had already shown the weakness of your own positions.
Politicians ! Stop your playground bickering. Stop calling other people names. Remember:
TODAYS "TERRORISTS" ARE TOMORROW'S STATESMEN
Bishop Pat Buckley