Saturday 25 February 2017

Sinn Féin refuses to face the 'appalling vista' of prolonged campaign of violence

Eddie Molloy

The duplicity of Sinn Féin's responses to allegations of child sex abuse and kangaroo courts which, up to 2002 at least, carried the menace of a bullet in the head, has led many commentators to suggest that the party is unfit to enter government.

The Harvard philosopher Sissela Bok in her book, 'Lying: Moral Choice in Public and Private Life', notes that violence and deceit are the two forms of intentional assault on human beings, and both have been integral to the Republican movement's 'modus operandi' for over 40 years. Both impinge on people's freedom, inducing or coercing them to act against their own best interests.

Violence, especially when it has the effect of terrorising a whole community, severely restricts freedom of speech and action. Lying is just as inimical to human freedom because they affect people's beliefs, such as the belief that Sinn Féin members have cooperated fully with police enquiries into sex abuse, that decades of terror were justifiable, or that Sinn Féin and the IRA are separate bodies.

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