The Fatal Mistake of Ignoring the ‘Irish Model’

February 9, 2009 · Print This Article

In a feature piece analysing the comparisons between the peace process in Ireland and President Obama’s initiative in the Middle East, and a call from Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams for talks with Hamas as the legitimate representatives of the Palestinians of Gaza, the ‘Jerusalem Post’ fatally and mistakenly draws the wrong conclusion.

Not surprisingly, the feature finesses, side steps and then distorts the actual conditions on the ground in Ireland – that is, the military stalemate between the British army and the IRA, despite the IRA’s strength in the early 1990s – that encouraged a new pragmatic approach by all sides which led to negotiation, compromise and a creative political arrangement which allowed both unionists and republicans the space to continue a discourse with each other on their differing aspirations. Instead, the paper’s analysis appears to encourage the intransigence that was such a hallmark of the British state and unionism that provoked IRA attacks and a lengthy armed struggle until the integrity and legitimacy of republicanism was recognised by the British and facilitated in a transitional peace process.



One Response to “The Fatal Mistake of Ignoring the ‘Irish Model’”

  1. Ronan Gallagher on February 10th, 2009 6:48 am

    Anyone who heard Fine Gael’s Spokesman on Children Alan Shatter, publicly defend and justify the slaughter of hundreds of children in Gaza recently, should not be surprised at the intransigence being shown by large swathes of the Israeli media and general public. When you stand tall on a pillar of injustice, intransigence is your only defence and hypocrisy, your most trusted weapon.

    Ronan Gallagher

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