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Sunday, July 31, 2005 

Smile for the tourists

There really isn't much to say on the recent PIRA statement that hasn't been said elsewhere (as at Slugger). It's too early to say what the consequences of this action will be, if any. The redundancy of the statement was pretty evident in the lack of on-the-streets reaction to the news - after all, wasn't this what PIRA conceded seven years ago at the signing of the Good Friday Agreement?

(Though the simultaneous release of the statement on DVD has produced a lot of amusement in various quarters, and the Zwanzig Kommandant has thoughtfully published a translation of Provo-ese)

Having said all that, we see that Best of Both Worlds has been covering Bush Administration (and hangers-on) use of the PIRA statement as a prop for (real) US policy concerns like Israel. See here and here, for highly recommended reading. (United Irelander also covers this territory)

BoBW also have more on the current vogue for wingnuts to opine on the Irish economic miracle.

"Libel"-Richard Waghorne
"Attack blog"-Damien Mulley

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