Here’s my take on the IRA peace announcement, written for Slate yesterday.
The smartest thing I have to say involves pointing out how wrong I’ve been about a few things in the past.
In April, I suggested that Adams’s campaign speech appealing to the IRA to give up arms was actually code for the calling on a General Army Convention, the only IRA body allowed (according to the IRA constitution) to ratify a final peace declaration. Wrong – there has been no Army Convention, most likely because the Army Council was afraid a peace declaration wouldn’t pass.
In March, I speculated, as the uproar over the Robert McCartney murder was growing, that things were spinning dangerously out of control for Adams. In hindsight, the McCartney business seems to have strangely played right into Adams’s plan.
Thank you to Ed Moloney for his help on my most recent article. If you want to read something infinitely more informed, read Moloney’s piece for Scotland’s Sunday Herald and his piece for the Irish Examiner. Also, as always, Slugger O’Toole.
Of special importance – unfortunately I wasn’t able to go into this – is the importance of the contrived “divorce” between Sinn Fein and the IRA, with the latter likely carrrying on as a huge criminal enterprise.