|AN APTLY POSITIONED POSTER IN WEST BELFAST|
Northern Ireland has always gotten short shift from the American left for some reason. Maybe, it is because the American simply can't figure out where to involve themselves in a sectarian and a national conflict. I don't know.
I have always leaned toward the more left wing of the Republican movement, even though I an no fan of any form of nationalism. Still, it is obvious that it is the Catholic community in the North that has been the center of oppression by a gasping British imperialism (or the little British province of the Empire) and whose cause is most righteous.
Republicanism though today seems tired and almost quaint. It has become just another part of the status quo. Sinn Fein is as much a part of the State, phoney State or not, as anyone. The recent handsahke between the old Provo Martin McGuiness and Queen Elizabeth was a bit much for me. There was no reason to shake hands with the representative the local version of the Empire. That handshake is an insult to all of those who have fought and died in the struggle against British oppression in not only the 26 Counties, but all of Ireland. I have no idea what Sinn Fein and McGuiness were thinking.
There are dissident IRA elements that set off a bomb here or there, but they appear a bit schizoid to me. I don't know exactly who they represent.
What to do?
Well, I am no anarchist and I don't profess to agree with everything in the post below, but, hey, at least someone is thinking about something beyond the past. The truth, after all, is that Northern Ireland's working people end up taking the brunt of everything that happens. Much of what you will read here by the Workers Solidarity Movement makes sense to me and I am an autonomous Marxist. Where I question the analysis is the easy way it sort of makes sort shrift of the sectarian divide that really does exist. In theory, yes, we should leave that sort of nationalistic (and religious) nonsense behind, but that is easier said then done.