Adams would do well to walk away now - but he isn't the only one hurting politics
Let me tell you about 1983, the year when prison officer Brian Stack was shot. That was the year when a car bomb exploded outside Harrods in London, killing six - three police officers and three civilians.
It was the year when a guard and an Irish soldier were killed during a shootout in Leitrim, after the IRA kidnapped businessman Don Tidey.
It was the year when 38 republicans broke out of the Maze Prison in Lisburn, and a prison officer died of a heart attack after being stabbed by an escapee.