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    Default Truth Commission?

    What about it? I hear constantly that Sinn Féin is unwilling, but I keep seeing reports like this. For the people who might believe the offer insincere, why not call the bluff?

    Sinn Fein call for 'truth commission' - Midulster Today

    RTÉ News: McGuinness would support a truth inquiry

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    You probably already know the answer:

    "MMG and Gerry are proven liars, they will not tell the truth due to the IRA's Code of Honour, so why bother".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scipio View Post
    You probably already know the probable answer:

    "MMG and Gerry are proven liars, they will not tell the truth due to the IRA's Code of Honour, so why bother".
    Probably the same people demanding he come clean about Claudy, no doubt. If there's no point asking him questions, then there's no point, right?

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    Because they have more to lose from it than Sinn Fein does.
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    I always thought the objections came from Unionist politicians. You'd have to wonder if there's a will in westminister to have their dirty laundry aired in public, i think it would be a good way of ending divisions in society and giving the troubles a sense of closure.
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    Truth commission - needs an amnesty.

    SF stopped legislation for amnesty.

    So they have their cake and can eat it - they can call for Truth Commission - makes them look virtuous - while at the same time they have made sure it cannot happen.

    They had a nasty experience at Saville.

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    A pointless, expensive piece of window dressing. N.I.'s problems are caused by people looking backwards at what occurred in the past and not forward into what can be.
    Thank you for the six thousand likes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cruimh View Post
    Truth commission - needs an amnesty.

    SF stopped legislation for amnesty.

    So they have their cake and can eat it - they can call for Truth Commission - makes them look virtuous - while at the same time they have made sure it cannot happen.

    They had a nasty experience at Saville.
    I think that would be an easy political case to make, if true. Certainly one could expose that by going along with the concept in goof faith, no?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith-M View Post
    A pointless, expensive piece of window dressing. N.I.'s problems are caused by people looking backwards at what occurred in the past and not forward into what can be.
    Well the same people who are saying that Sinn Féin would never let IRA men answer questions are clamoring for Sinn Féin to let an IRA man answer questions.

    I find it puzzling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cruimh View Post
    Truth commission - needs an amnesty.

    SF stopped legislation for amnesty.
    My mistake - this thread on Slugger (kudos to Baker) details how the amnesty legisation came to be scrapped - i.e. because it was politically impossible to sell the idea of an amnesty for state forces to the nationalist / republican community at the time. SF wisely put its own political interests ahead of the interests of wanted IRA men.
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