Forgiving Martin McGuinness?

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Martin McGuinness has gone the way of all flesh. Tributes have poured in on the death of this man who was once the Chief of Staff of the IRA. Theresa May at least prefaced her remarks on M P McGuinness by saying that she could never endorse his crimes whilst he was in the IRA. She then went on to say that this man had helped bring Northern Ireland out of the Troubles.

McGuinness claims that he was refused a job on the basis of his religious denomination. At the interview he was asked which school he had attended. The school he went to was attended almost exclusively by Catholics. The Protestant employers then told him that the job was no longer available. Could it be that the interviewer had a poor opinion of his school? McGuinness told many provable lies so why should we believe this? He was convicted of IRA membership in the Republic of Ireland. He said on oath that he was a member of the IRA. In the 1980s he then denied ever having been a member of the IRA! This contradicted his earlier sworn statement. In his trial he had boasted of being an officer of the IRA ”I am very proud of it” he had said.

In 2011 McGuinness stood for the presidency of the Irish Republic. Whenever asked about IRA actions he claimed to have had no knowledge of them.

Informers fled Northern Ireland. McGuinness is alleged to have asked them to come home . They were then abducted and murdered.

Look at people like Sir Rolf Harris. He committed crimes and is being punished for them far more severely than McGuinness. Yet Sir Rolf will never be forgiven. All is good deeds count for nought. It is a bizarre moral universe when one sort of offence can never be forgiven. Yet mass murder is dismissed as a trifle so long as one renounces violence in the end.

Now that McGuinness is safely dead perhaps the truth will come out. The dead cannot sue and people who know what crimes he was behind can speak without fear of ruinous libel suits.

 

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About Calers

Born Belfast 1971. I read history at Edinburgh. I did a Master's at UCL. I have semi-libertarian right wing opinions. I am married with a daughter and a son. I am allergic to cats. I am the falling hope of the not so stern and somewhat bending Tories. I am a legal beagle rather than and eagle. Big up the Commonwealth of Nations.

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