NON SARANNO OMICIDI E ATTENTATI A RIUNIFICARE L’IRLANDA

Il Derry Journal, riporta un’interessante (probabilmente “discutibile” per molti) visione di quella che è la situazione attuale in Irlanda del Nord, di Norman Hamill ex ispettore di polizia.
Egli sottolinea come le violenze delle ultime settimane siano solo controproduttive, per il semplice fatto che i tempi sono cambiati. Il 1882, Pasqua del 1916, sono storia passata così come la guerra di indipendenza di Michael Collins.
“OK, l’auto-determinazione è la stessa, ma c’è una grande differenza.
Ora il processo democratico può essere invocato per risolvere la questione. Non decideranno per noi ancora per lungo tempo a Westminster, e nemmeno l’attrezzata e praticamente permanente maggioranza a Stormont.
Qualcuno ora crede che non possa esserci un’Irlanda unita se e quando la maggioranza delle persone votasse a favore?”
Norman Hamill poi conclude dicendo “La gente non pensa che la ripresa delle violenze rischi di essere contro-produttiva? Può essere che in realtà abbia imparato così poco dalla lunga guerra?”
Segue il testo in originale, buona lettura.

A rational argument for dissident republicans (Derry Journal)
By Norman Hamill (Former Derry Police Inspector)
I’ve spent too much time condemning violence. It’s right that people do, but condemnation is tedious and unproductive.
I don’t suppose a more considered argument is likely to do any good either. Probably not, but here goes anyway.
Shooting pizza deliverymen from Derry or Poland is wrong. Shooting British soldiers or Irish police officers in ‘British occupied Ireland’ is also wrong. It’s wrong because it’s both immoral and tactically stupid. It’s immoral because there is a valid alternative and it’s stupid because it’s counter-productive.
This is not 1882 when the ‘Irish Invincibles’ killed Lord Frederick Cavendish, Britain’s chief secretary for Ireland, and Thomas Burke, head of the Irish Civil Service, as they strolled through Dublin’s Phoenix Park on a May evening.
It’s not Easter 1916 when Patrick Pearse and his followers launched the Rising. It’s not 1919 or 1920 when Michael Collins was fighting his War of Independence. It’s not 1968 when we had one-party rule at Stormont.
Ok, the issue of national self-determination is the same but there’s one big difference.
Now the democratic process can be relied on to resolve the matter. No longer will it be decided for us at Westminster, or by a rigged and virtually permanent majority at Stormont.
Does anyone seriously believe now that a united Ireland won’t follow if and when a majority of people here vote for it?
In the meantime, we should remember that people on both sides of the border voted for the Good Friday Agreement.
Despite all its flaws and the painfully slow workings of the DUP/Sinn Féin carve-up of power; this column still supports the need for rapprochement between nationalists and unionists. It’s the only show in town.
The big issue about re-unification should be left to democracy. Diehard republicans should be asking themselves how they could encourage their fellow countrymen to accept a new and agreed Ireland.
Don’t they think shooting people is likely to be counter-productive? Can it really be that they have learned so little from the long war? Re-uniting Ireland needs more than shooting and bombing.

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