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Last updated on June 10th, 2017 at 08:30 am
“Happy St. Patrick’s Day to my fellow hyphenated Irishmen,” writes Mark Steyn. “And the good news about this St. Paddy’s Day is that for the first time in a decade the official observances will not be disfigured by the presence at the White House of Gerry Adams.”
This is wonderful, and due largely to the courage of the McCartney sisters, who faced down the IRA after their brother (a Sinn Fein supporter, as it happens) was murdered by our lovable Oirish Repooblican friends. They offered to off their own in response. Steyn makes this point:
There’s a lesson there in the reformability of terrorists. The IRA’s first instinct is to kill. If you complain about the killing, they offer to kill the killers. If you complain about the manner of the killing, they offer to kill more tastefully—“compassionate terrorism,’’ as it were. But it’s like Monty Python’s spam sketch: There’s no menu item that doesn’t involve killing. You can get it in any color as long as it’s blood-red.
Which suggests a policy other than negotiation that might have been better pursued against these folks.