Response to Divide and Conquer?Why irishantiwar AND antiwarireland

"I think most long-term campaigns such as this throw up different groups arguing different tactics, at least that is what happened in the 60's during civil rights and anti-war campaigns." Ha! Despite the softened impression that Orla Ni Chomhrai conveys it didn't take much time at all for the irish peace-lovers to squabble in their protests at Shannon last year. You see Ms. Gill, this website enjoys a largely socialist membership, taking its example from such luminaries as Richard Boyd-Barrett of the Socialist Workers Party. The other websites that you referred to represent the same groups whose intention it was a year ago to use "direct action" at Shannon airport. It was then that my "war-loving" friends and I howled with laughter at Brendan O'Connor's account of Ireland's anti-war fragmentation in the Irish Independent: 27324&issue_id=8831 "The euphoria that followed February 15's enormous peace march in Dublin gave way to disunity and rivalry during the week as two of the groups who helped organise that event publicly distanced themselves from yesterday's marchers at Shannon. ... "A discussion on the merits of direct action became more heated as the week went on with its advocates claiming that it was direct action by the likes of Mary Kelly that caused three airlines carrying US troops to take their business from Shannon and bring it elsewhere instead." But there's more! An example of an Irish Anti War Movement member's intolerance for O'Connor, the on-site journalist, perfectly incorporated that uniquely Irish brand of physical threat: "One gentleman in an IAWN steward's jacket remarked that I had fine knees for breaking." It took me a long time to realize it but now I understand that my first-hand observations of Mary Kelly weren't simply about one person's idiosyncracies; sadly, her fanaticism and unreasonableness are representative of Irish culture as a whole. I have to say that I love this thread's title "Divide and Conquer" and its suggestion that the notoriously Irish inability to agree on anything must be someone else's fault. Ever the victims, right? (ad nauseum). I'd almost call it a risible beauty.

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