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Thread #23852   Message #269930
Posted By: Brendy
01-Aug-00 - 09:36 PM
Thread Name: BS: Grit your teeth, the PIRA boys are out
Subject: RE: BS: Grit your teeth, the PIRA boys are out
We also have to remember one other thing, Larry.

As far as I am aware, there are no 'spokesmen' for any armed resistance groups on this Forum. However, I can only speak for myself, here, when I say that I saw at first hand the two kind of 'policies' that I referred to in an earlier post; the 'official' and the 'un-official'
I'm not sure if you are aware of this or not, Fionn, but both the broadcasting and print media had an unbelievable influence in the way world public opinion was groomed in the matter of things northern Irish.
Quite reputable news agencies; news agencies that covered and still cover conflicts the world over, used to pay teenagers to start riots in Belfast, Derry, and Portadown, among other places. I don't know for which papers you have worked for, or indeed, how much experience you have in your field, but I would assume that you don't need me to tell you how it all hangs together.
If you did, well then, you've been drinking in the wrong pubs on Fleet Street.

I don't mean you any disrespect, Fionn, but your previous contributions to this forum have shown both wisdom and knowledge.
This is why I'm more than a little suspicious of the way you started this topic off. It either showed total ignorance (as I said earlier, I refuse to accept that), or some as yet un-resolved bitterness within you, that quite frankly reminded me of our old friend, that fine collector of songs, who often has spoken on these matters.

And apart from my blithesome reply to your little bit of name-dropping, I don't think I ever made a reference to the continent of Africa, let alone a connection between the Provisional IRA and the ANC.

It is OK to try and put words into peoples' mouths, Fionn; it is sort of expected, at this stage. The only crime that is involved, is when you let that take place.
And where I come from, and indeed yourself, Fionn, that is a very dangerous thing to let happen.

I wish I had the calmness of Brothers Larry and paddymac, sometimes. They tend to level out discussions of this sort. But this has to be a two way street.
We don't go around this Forum picking fights, and we try to be as informative as we can when pushed on a point.
Where you lose my interest and co-operation is when you deliberately go out to raise the temperature a wee bit.

It's too 'Tabloidy' for my liking.