As I watched yesterday evenings news I was dismayed at how cynical Gerry Adams was in his remarks on Mrs Thatcher death. His remarks seemed to blame Thatcher policy as leading to the deaths of the hunger strikers. This is SF/IRA revisionism at its worst, Thatcher handled the strikes very badly but surely to blame her for the outcome is cynical in the extreme. It seems that SF/IRA want everybody to blame Thatcher and not examine the role the “Republican” leadership played in the hunger strikes.
In recent years claims have been made that Adams, Martin McGuinness and other Sinn Féin figures hide a document containing a British offer to end the strike from the hunger strikers. But it was uncovered through a Freedom of Information request. Richard O'Rawe, the former public relations officer for the H-block hunger strikers, also claimed
Two sources at IRA Army Council level told him that Adams had never even informed the Army Council of the British offer.
It was clear to any objectively minded observers that the SF/IRA leadership were gaining politically from the hunger strikes and wanted to prolong the strikes. Gerry Adams also rejected suggestions in the media that the British had made a compromise offer that was accepted by some in the Republican movement, but rejected by the Provisional IRA leadership as it was gaining politically from the hunger strikes.
Evidence which has now become available that terms for ending the strike, accepted by the prisoners' leadership in the Maze/Long Kesh, were rejected by IRA commanders outside. The implication is that the lives of six of the hunger strikers might have been saved if the prisoners hadn't been overruled.Adams also denied that Sands made any offer to end the hunger strike despite the offer being released in state papers.
So are Adams and the “Republican” leadership responsible for the hunger strikers deaths and not Maggie Thatcher? Will SF/IRA ever come clean about how they handled the hunger strikers ? Were Sands and co used in a cynical way to further the careers of Republican leaders? We have seen this in recent years when some members of the Republican movement were called traitors to Ireland when they did not conform to the wishes of Adams and McGuinness? Were Sands and co expendable to the Adams and McGuniness leadership and advancement of political careers in the “Republican” leadership?
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