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Divis Sweeney BS: Paisley pulls out - no big surprise. (60* d) RE: BS: Paisley pulls out - no big surprise. 17 Oct 06

Please read up about "Ulster Resistance", a supposedly 'defensive' organisation founded by Ian Paisley and Peter Robinson among others to resist 'by force if necessary a British sell-out of N.Ireland'. The DUP joined hundreds of these guys in Ulster Resistance marching with red berets in military fashion. A year after the Ulster hall meeting, chaired by Paisley the group was involved in importing a huge arsenal of illegal weapons into the north. These weapons were subsequently divided among Ulster Resistance, the UDA and the UVF. However much Ian Paisley and others may claim to be opposed to such actions the results of the formation of such an organisation in a deeply divided society were inevitable. Dangerous and threatening language referring to 'force' and the paramilitary paraphernalia that accompanied the formation of Ulster Resistance in the Ulster Hall with Paisley himself centre stage chairing the meeting had the effect of leading certain members of that organisation to become involved in the procurement of weapons for the use of force. Over two hundred sectarian killings by loyalists were carried out in the aftermath of that importation of loyalist weapons in the mid-eighties. Yet the emphasis on decommissioning hardly ever focuses on loyalist weaponry and the culpability of Paisley and others in contributing to the very culture which causes loyalist violence.

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