Guest writer Tain Bo with a piece on the disappearance of truth
The troubles claim another victim: truth is now added to the list of disappeared, the falsehood of reconciliation is conveniently the dirt it is buried under...
Have we just witnessed the greatest historical act of vandalism by the British in Ireland in recent Irish history?
Now that the Boston College project has been destroyed in the same manner traditional Irish republicanism was, the message has been delivered to not only former volunteers but to the republican community at large to remain silent and abide with self-censorship: there is no right to record our own history.
The British can now work on fine tuning the mechanism to write the sterile history and effectively erase the collective memory within their own official Truth Commission.
Was the Belfast Project a political truth hindrance and has its systematic destruction paved the way for the British to force the political parties to agree with the British official version of the 'Truth'?
Now that the truth according to the volunteers has been rendered to the historical rubbish bin, will this piece of British handy-work be enough to force Sinn Fein to back whatever Truth and Reconciliation the British government adopts?
It looks like it should be the right incentive now that the British along with the Unionists and Sinn Fein can avoid any former combatant’s history that held the potential to contradict what will become the accepted less-than-truthful truth of the conflict.
The British along with SF and the American Academic institution Boston College can rest a little easier now that the act of Academic Historical Vandalism of the archive was successfully accomplished.
That should be the terrible ending; the ending, although politically convenient, hardly is sufficient. The “dark forces” clearly understood the political potential held within the archive -- the raw “truth”, something they had no control over. That set the wheels in motion for its destruction.
The notion that this was a get Adams campaign is fanciful and makes for great fictional political intrigue but in a stark contrast who better to aid in the destruction of a republican archive than the “republicans” that are part of the British government.
The project was facilitated with the peace-process. Without the peace-process no former combatant would have considered such an endeavour.
How people view the project is a matter of choice, not that it is relevant now. It was born out of the peace-process, it died at the hands of the same process or, more aptly, was assassinated.
It held “raw truth” that would have been beneficial in a Truth and Reconciliation process, only it was deemed politically embarrassing and contradictive to what will become the friendly version of 'Truth and Reconciliation'.
The final insult coming from Boston College now after using the Belfast project can’t wash their hands clean of the matter fast enough in a rush to return what is now officially criminal and terrorist material.
And how do they purpose to return this material? Is it even legal, not that it wouldn’t be suspicious, a list of people receiving post from Boston College, are they joking, adding insult to injury? They should burn it and be done.
It would be safe to say that this campaign was far from getting Adams and more about gagging the past.
Two well loved and highly respected volunteers are now disgracefully branded by SF as liars.
The British con game was well orchestrated and executed.
The con game continues. The real target in this dared be an outspoken critic of SF and the GFA.
Now that we have witnessed the destruction of the Belfast Project, how far will Sinn Fein and the British go to destroy Anthony McIntyre’s credibility as they continue threatening the man for standing up and presenting critical truth?
How far will they go in their concerted attempts to discredit him and their ultimate objective to silence him?