The five McCartney sisters and his fiancee want justice,
not revenge. First, let’s start by honoring these brave women, whose names are Paula, Catherine, Donna, Claire and Gemma McCartney, and Bridgeen Hagans, who are making a difference.
For those not yet familiar with Robert McCartney, Mark Steyn explains,
McCartney was a Belfast Catholic and a Sinn Fein supporter, but he made the mistake of getting into an argument with a Provisional IRA big shot in a pub in January. The other “Provos” present grabbed McCartney, beat him with iron sewer rods, slit him open from his neck to his navel, severed his jugular and jumped on his head, causing what was left of it to lose an eye. There were 70 witnesses in the bar but none of them saw a thing.
At last night’s American Ireland Fund dinner Senator John McCain said
“No one can honestly claim the IRA is anything better than an organized crime syndicate that steals and murders to serve its members’ personal interests,” he said. “There’s nothing republican about the Irish Republican Army.”
As befits an organized crime syndicate, after the murder “IRA members allegedly cleaned up the mess, took the security tape and told everyone inside to stay quiet about what had happened”. The IRA privately offered to shoot the men responsible for the murder. The McCartney women’s response was to insist that that true justice could only come in an open courtroom. The problem is that possible witnesses know that the IRA will kill whoever comes forward. As New Sisyphus points out, The IRA commander on the scene told the people “You saw nothing. This is IRA business.” The McCartney women issued a statement,
“We welcome the fact that the IRA has accepted unequivocally that their members were involved in Robert’s cold-blooded murder and the subsequent cover and clean-up operation.
Thousands of people attended McCartney’s funeral, directly defying the IRA. This has put the IRA in an untenable situation. Since then, political leaders in Dublin, London and Washington condemned McCartney’s murder and called for the IRA to disband. Most importantly, as New Sisyphus analizes,
Like their friends in the FARC, the old ideological crusade is merely so much cover for what has become a thriving organized crime racket. From drugs to protection extortion to bank robbery, the IRA is one of the world’s most successful crime syndicates. And like all such thugs, taking the lives of the little people who populate their planet is not only a trifling thing, it’s practically their right.
After a vicious bank robbery, more “punishment” beatings and killings and then the murder of McCartney, the sheen has quickly fallen off of Sinn Fein. It’s taken a number of years, but finally more than just Unionists are seeing Sinn Fein for what it is: the smiling face of fascism. Despite all the good will and bending over backwards possible expended by both the British and Irish Governments, not to mention that of the average people of the North and the Republic, the IRA still stubbornly refuses to live up to any of its commitments under the Good Friday Agreement. And any attempt to ask it to do so is met with P. O’Neill communiqués threatening to re-start what this little band of little men call a “war.”
Sinn Fein’s Gerry Adams was disinvited from the White House St. Patrick’s day celebrations. Here’s that latest, McCartney sisters to hand Bush dossier on violence
The five McCartney sisters and his fiancee Bridgeen Hagans will attend the official Shamrock Ceremony and then meet with Mr Bush, presenting him with a detailed dossier of events.
“We want to show him in black and white what’s happening on the ground in Northern Ireland,” Paula McCartney said.
Ted Kennedy has refused to meet with Gerry Adams:
Senator Kennedy said the family’s presence in Washington “sends a very powerful signal that it’s time for the IRA to fully decommission, end all criminal activity and cease to exist as a paramilitary organisation”.
Adams has published an op-ed piece in today’s NY Daily News where he says, “Sinn Fein is committed to the peace process”.
Shamefully, this morning’s BBCA newscast, after reporting on the above, invited a former SF/IRA public relations man. His position was that the women were puppets of political opponents, nearly the same exact words Martin McGuinness, Sinn Fein’s chief negotiator told the same BBC earlier this week. The BBC reporter had previously concluded his report by saying, “When it comes to Northern Ireland, there’s no longer much to celebrate.”
To the contrary. It’s time to celebrate the courage of six women. As Jim Hoagland says in this morning’s Washington Post,
The savage acts by IRA members — and the organization’s open “contempt for the rule of law,” in the words of a Kennedy spokesman — should not be portrayed as a failure of the Northern Ireland process. This eruption of lawlessness underlines the importance of such talks — when they are managed with clear-eyed realism and a willingness to call a killer a killer.
Terrorism is terrorism, and the IRA has long ties to the PLO and to Latin American terrorist groups. I applaud Paula, Catherine, Donna, Claire and Gemma McCartney, and Bridgeen Hagans, President Bush, and Senators Kennedy and McCain. (update: Power Line is not as kind to Senator Kennedy: “When even the Execrable Ted knows the jig is up, it’s safe, I think, to conclude that the IRA/Sinn Fein is dead.”) It’s time to call a killer a killer.
Make no mistake. These women are risking everything. In McGuinness’s own words,
One of the McCartney sisters is threatening to challenge Sinn Fein at the polls but Mr McGuinness said they could risk popular support.
“To step over that line, which I think is a very important line, into the world of party politics, can do a huge disservice to their campaign,” he said.
“In fact, it can dismay and disillusion an awful lot of people, tens of thousands of people who support them in their just demands.”
which in plain words means, as Samizdata puts it, that “McGuinness is only following another rule, a Northern Ireland rule, which says that if the IRA tells you to shut up, you shut up”. Paula, Catherine, Donna, Claire and Gemma McCartney, and Bridgeen Hagans are starting a sea change, which will be the best testament to their love of Mr. McCartney.