The changing faces of Martin McGuinness

Martin McGuinness, charismatic young IRA leader, 1972

Martin McGuinness, charismatic young IRA leader, 1972

Martin McGuinness and Britain's chief constable in the six counties George Hamilton

Martin McGuinness and George Hamilton, Britain’s chief constable in the six counties, 2015

Martin McGuinness at Sinn Fein ard fheis, November 1986:
“I can give a commitment on behalf of the leadership that we have absolutely no intention of going to Westminster or Stormont. Our position is clear and it will never, never, never change. The war against British rule must continue until freedom is achieved. We will lead you to the Republic.”

Martin McGuinness on BBC Northern Ireland, October 2001:
“As far as I’m concerned it [decommissioning] couldn’t happen quick enough – if it happened tomorrow morning it would not be quick enough.”

Martin McGuinness, on republicans engaged in armed struggle in the north of Ireland, March 2009:
“These people are traitors to the island of Ireland, they have betrayed the political desires, hopes and aspirations of all of the people who live on this island. They don’t deserve to be supported by anyone.”

“Let me be clear, if I call on the people, our people, to wholeheartedly weigh in behind the police service north and south in the apprehension of these people I have to make it clear that I too have a duty and a responsibility if I know where individuals who are responsible for these attacks are, to do as much as the public are expected to do.”

Isn’t it interesting – but also depressing, in the sense you can always see in advance where the path leads – how decisions made at the start of a process lead inexorably to a different destination than the one we are assured we’re being taken to? If anyone had’ve replied to Martin McGuinness in 1986 that what he was saying was tripe because he’d end up as deputy First Minister at Stormont, helping manage Britain’s little colony in the northeast of Ireland, he would have been completely insulted.

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Posted on October 12, 2015, in 21st century republicanism and socialism, General revolutionary history, Historiography and historical texts, Irish politics today, Partition, Political education and theory, Provos - then and now, Repression and resistance in the six counties today, six counties, Toadyism. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on The changing faces of Martin McGuinness.

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