“When I use a word” , Humpty Dumpty said in a rather scornful tone,”it means just what I chose it to mean, neither more nor less”. [Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and through the Looking -Glass]
For a masterly summary of the position, see Ed Moloney in today’s Irish Times.
And so to George Hamilton’s finessing of Supt Geddes’ last statement. Goodness know how many lawyer hours went into it. How many drafts the SOS rejected. What Box had to say about it.
George says that PIRA is a paramilitary organisation, devoted to peaceful means, just like the Salvation Army.
Here are my questions for George:
- Has this organisation access to arms and explosives?
- Has it killed anyone in the last twenty years?
- Who shot Martin McGartland?
- If PIRA is committed to politics, who are its politicians?
I’ll bet that I won’t get a reply.
Hamilton says that they…
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