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July 28th, 2005

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09:40 am - Let's just hope it's true...
The IRA claims that it's formally ending its armed campaign as of 1500 GMT today, twenty minutes from now as I write.

I'm not leaping to believe. Even if the statement is true, it'll be too late to help the approximately 1,800 people for whose deaths the IRA is responsible*. But I can still hope...

* = And, in fairness, those killed or brutalised by British troops or Loyalist paramilitary groups. For all my hatred of the IRA, I'm not so blind as to believe they're the only wrong-doers in the Northern Ireland wars.

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Date:July 28th, 2005 02:31 pm (UTC)
i was hearing this on the way in and wondering if it was some kind of cruel and delayed April Fool's joke. It sounded completely out of the blue, but probably there was lead-up and I just hadn't been paying attention.
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Date:July 28th, 2005 02:38 pm (UTC)
Disarm the IRA? Screw that! Tell 'em to keep their guns and go find the guys who are bombing the Tube. They're one of the most experienced underground insurrectionist groups in the world. In this day and age, that's a resource.

Only half-kidding,

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