Victim activist: Joe Brolly’s narrow ideological perspective means he’s not a credible expert
The crux of his argument was that southern society had effectively abandoned northern nationalists.
Mr Brolly’s claim that the military was responsible for “shooting people to death with machine guns” suggests that people from a nationalist community were almost arrested and shot on a large scale by soldiers. This is a blatant lie.
No reference was made by Mr Brolly to those who murdered the majority of his neighbors in The Troubles – the Provisional IRA. No mention is made of the Claudy massacre or many other PIRA terrorist acts in the region in which Mr. Brolly grew up.
Innocent Victims United (IVU) cries out to all wrongs, whether perpetrated by Republican or loyalist terrorists or by members of the security forces who have broken the code and committed criminal activities.
We have not and never will defend the indefensible, anyone who has committed criminal activity should be held accountable for such actions.
We let the truth speak for itself, we don’t need to embellish it or excuse the inexcusable.
Mr. Brolly is not a credible expert; it expresses a narrow ideological stance without any recognition of the larger narrative. This sends a dangerous message to those who are still involved in terrorist groups.
Let Mr Brolly be clear on some factual realities: some members of the Dublin government then and others in the late 1960s / early 1970s were certainly not guilty of inaction when “the unrest” broke out. unfolded – they bought weapons and provided training which helped establish PIRA. These weapons killed many innocent people, including their own citizens.
The RoI state has also failed to extradite a substantial number of terrorist suspects, and the state’s territory has served as a launching pad for Republican terrorist attacks and provided refuge for many people involved in terrorism. There are a growing number of cases suggesting collaboration between individual members of the Irish state security forces and Republican terrorist groups. So, no Mr Brolly, the Irish state was not a bystander.
For all of Mr. Brolly’s MOPE (Most Oppressed People Ever) perspective, Irish nationalists do not have a monopoly on victimization.
Mr Brolly should be clear that 90% of the deaths from the unrest were terrorist killings (60% by Republicans; 30% by loyalists). Security forces are responsible for 10% of the deaths, the vast majority of which took place while trying to prevent civil war, as security forces would in any democracy.
Mr Brolly also said: the southerners seem to believe that ‘if they (the nationalists) had not taken the gun, everything would be fine’.
This is the position of Sinn Fein and people like his friend John Finucane MP whose father Pat was murdered in a brutal and illegitimate terrorist murder. However, let’s remember that when Gerry Kelly claimed a few years ago that the British were the main protagonists of The Troubles, he had to row dramatically within 24 hours.
When you define yourself as a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. Martin Luther King and Ghandi are just two men who have demonstrated that real change is possible – that there are alternatives to terrorism.
â¢ Kenny Donaldson is spokesperson for Innocent Victims United (IVU)
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