One would expect a few diehards to make a fuss but to have that large of a crowd approving their antics is telling. I have long suspected the IRA has simply been taking a breather while the economic situation was good... now with it taking a down turn and weakness in the British government it seems to be reconstituting itself.
Only the naive ever believed the IRA ( in whatever guise) would "go away". Have we not learnt from times past that we will always have to be alert and on our guard.
The bastard who hanged himself and was given a "hero's" funeral killed a friend and neighbour of mine, brutally and within sight of his wife and young child. He tried to kill others. The PSNI will doubtless be blamed for this worm's death but we are best rid of such people however they go.
It is well known of course that within his home town are many who would also like to kill their neighbours for following a different political line from theirs. The applause is not therefore so surprising.
With drills like that they show themselves for what they are; an indisciplined rabble who can't even fire a volley over their dead 'soldier'. Murdering scum to a man. However I'm sure many that were there and clapping were doing so to avoid having their houses firebombed for being less than enthusiastic. Such is the detritus they live amongst.
i dont honestly know what have they got to fight for any longer?
their republic has signed away their independence for short term gain to their european paymasters. if indeed PIRA ever got their stated wish of a united Ireland what would it matter as they are merely a province of a european superstate.
maybe the reason theyve gone quiet is they no longer know who to fight
It's true, you can't do that, but most folks in the Six Counties really like how things are shaping up since the GFA. Of course, it's not ideal by any means, and folks are under no illusions about that, but it's still miles better than the almost 30 years that preceded it.
Even though a large number of Republicans in the Six Counties still hope for a United Ireland (as I do), they recognised a long time ago the hopelessness of trying to shoot or bomb it into being. The only way is the democratic expression of free will by the majority. That, more than anything else, is why any further ABCDEFGHIJKLMN-IRA campaigns are fated to wither and die because of lack of support from the population.