Saturday, July 30, 2005

Even the Micks Know When to Stop

After over thirty years of opposing British rule in Northern Ireland, the IRA has officially ended hostilities.

LONDON, July 28 -- The Irish Republican Army formally declared an end Thursday to its three-decade-long armed struggle against British rule in Northern Ireland and pledged to pursue its aims of a united Ireland through "exclusively peaceful means."
You see the IRA knows when enough is enough. In a world where islamic terrorists threaten our very way of life, blowing up protestant Churches to annoy the Brits is very minor. They know that in a post September 11th world, no one is going to support their terrorist activities. Additionally, I don't think it is coincidence that this announcement has come on the heals of the July 7 and 21 bombings in London.

"All IRA units have been ordered to dump arms," read the message, saying the steps would take effect at 4 p.m. Thursday local time. "All Volunteers have been instructed to assist the development of purely political and democratic programs through exclusively peaceful means. Volunteers must not engage in any other activities whatsoever."

I guess if there is a silver lining to the cloud of global terrorism, it is the fact that it has forced the hand of the IRA, making them seek a political, rather than violent, solution.