Of course it is much easier to be wise in hindsight and to continue on with this controversy, distracting from the central reason why these ultimate sacrifices were made. Those mentored revisionist, Irish historians and would be intellectuals, will distract and detract from the core values of resistance made, to serve basic British interests, with disinformation. They serve only to further the purpose of dividing Irish people and traditional republican resistance among themselves.
Writing as someone who disagrees strongly, with the underhand methods used to enable and sell a Peace Process without Due Process in Ireland, who was quite familiar with the events and the people involved around the hunger strike, I find it equally repulsive to watch good republicans like Danny Morrison and others whom I strongly disagree with today, being politically abused, with British disinformation and self serving, egotistical Irish revisionist historians, serving British interests of creating even further division.
Sincere people in all of the various Irish republican groups and parties, need to look carefully and recognize for the sake of future generations, that we all have far more in common with each other, than that which would divide us in our principled disagreements. However this is not managed intelligently, it will most certainly be exploited by the British and will destroy us in the face of our heartless, amused enemies. We need to find a way to advance the Cause of Ireland without throwing our babies out with the bathwater.
I strongly disagree with the murderous deceitful methods used, to bring about what they call a peace process. However, now that it is a reality of sorts, we have time to reflect on our experience of forty years of struggle and learn the lessons for the next phase, that need to be learned, to achieve our goal of Irish unity. “Welcome, O life! I go to encounter for the millionth time the reality of experience and to forge in the smithy of my soul the uncreated
conscience of my race.” ― James Joyce
Guerilla warfare is not sustainable in the long term in Ireland, for many reasons best known to volunteers, who are more knowledgeable and experienced than I can explain. Certainly now with the 9/11 and 7/7 narratives, it simply is self destructive and causing unnecessary hardship, to principled, potential future leadership, incorporating experience invaluable for the future struggle
It is time for reasonable people from all parties, to conclude this phase of struggle, with proper protection, from both State terrorism and revolutionary violence, so that political activists can conduct their activity in a transparent manner. This needs to also include, the right of the majority in the 'movement,' to bring about change, either by ballot or sufficient peaceful numbers on the street. It needs to also include the civil right, to peaceful civil disobedience without violence from any party. Essentially the process needs the guarantees of a Bill of Rights, along with the return of traditional rights like Habeus Corpus.
Thatcher Papers Disclose Efforts to
Resolve 1981 Hunger Strikes