Wednesday, March 09, 2005

six brave women : follow-up

Imagine drawing a line in the sand, and then having your own people push you over it.

The six brave women I wrote about a while ago are still demanding that their loved one’s killers be brought before the courts.

They have managed to rock the Republican movement to its very core and galvanize public opinion behind them in a way no politician on either side has been able to do for a long, long time.

So much so that the political wing of the IRA, Sinn Fein, have been falling over themselves to remind everyone that they are actually on the side of the sextet. They have been quite rightly exposed for doing a u-turn in their policy based purely on the actions of Robert McCartney’s five sisters and his partner.

So much so that the IRA itself issued a statement yesterday admitting not only that its own members were involved in the stabbing, but that they even offered to kill the perpetrators. How nice of them. Naturally the offer was rejected.
So much so, that even Unionist politicians, from the Protestant side of the debate, have been forced to break out of their very low profile of late and make a reaction.

Although I have yet to hear it suggested, I have a feeling what is behind all their back-tracking is that Sinn Fein is worried one or all of these women will stand in the British General Elections in May, putting a serious dent in its own support, possibly even crushing it altogether.

There are very interesting times ahead.

Again I salute the courage of these women. All they want is justice.

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