At 06:04 PM 2/13/96 EST, you wrote:
>On 13/2 UC Collins wrote:
>> perhaps most of the blame - should be
>>laid on the Brits.
>Now, while I would not under any circumstance want to provoke any sort of
>increase in tension, it seems that the Brits were right to push for de
>commisioning of weapons. This would have indicated a true committment by
>and Sinn Fein to the peace process. While the IRA retained its weapons
>always the potential, as we saw last Friday, that there could be a new wave of
>Normally, I wouldn't get involved in this sort of debate. However, I think that
>saying the Brits were partly to blame is a bit much.
I disagree. The guns were the only real power the IRA had, and therefore
they only tool they had to bargain with. If they gave up their arms, they
would have already surrended and then what would have been the point in
having the talks- the British would have already gotten what they wanted.
It would have been far more appropriate to have the decommisioning as part
of a treaty.
who isn't try to increase tensions but loves political debates :)