Sunday 4 December 2016

Paul Williams: ‘I know who I believe in a toss-up between BBC ‘Spotlight’ team and Gerry Adams’

Paul Williams

Published 22/09/2016 | 00:00

Gerry Adams with Fidel Castro in Havana in 2001. PA photo: Paul Faith
Gerry Adams with Fidel Castro in Havana in 2001. PA photo: Paul Faith

Gerry Adams and his supporters have always worked off a strategy. During the Troubles that was encapsulated in the Long War - essentially to wear down the Brits in an attritional terror campaign. Militarily, the IRA was unable to match the capacity of the British army but they were willing to sustain more casualties (in terms of people and publicity) than the security forces.

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The physical-force plan was twinned with the ambitious political strategy of getting Sinn Féin elected North and South.

You could say the Northern Command of the IRA, which still effectively controls the republican movement and Sinn Féin itself, has been successful in both aims - irrespective of the cost, including all the innocents cut down in the tarnished name of Irish freedom.

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