Anthony McIntyre with some satirical advice for Austin Stack
Austin Stack should hang his head in shame for his most recent utterances in which he sought to simultaneously undermine the peace process and the Cuban revolution. At a time when the world media was descending on Havana to record the attendance by Gerry Adams at the funeral of Fidel Castro, Austin Stack in vainglorious fashion sought to steal the limelight from both President Adams and Mr Castro.
The former Cuban leader had kindly died so that Gerry Adams could publicly mourn him and help promote the peace process in full view of the global media at a political moment when international attention had shifted away from Belfast and to Washington because of the election of Donald Trump as US president. At that crucial moment in both the unfinished peace process and the ongoing Cuban revolution Mr Stack uncaringly demonstrated his disdain for revolutionary peace building. He openly accused the most important dignitary in Havana of being “untruthful in the extreme": in other words, a liar. The boundless audacity of it.
All his life President Adams has set his face like stone against violence and dishonesty. As Ireland’s premier pacifist and foremost exponent of moral clarity and intellectual acuity he merits the utmost respect from all subjects. One’s father having been the victim of a political assassination many decades ago cannot excuse one from the duty to show both deference to and respect for their betters.
It hardly requires any reminder from us to Austin Stack that the only reason he receives any publicity at all is a direct result of the generosity of President Adams who not only gave copious amounts of presidential time to the Stack family but who also informed on members of his own party to the Garda Siochana so that they might be investigated as potential “murder suspects” and possibly face life in prison.
Messrs. Trump and Castro may come and go but President Adams is a permanent fixture in the political life of the world we live in, the alpha and omega of our cultural memory. Austin Stack is well advised to remember that. Rather than snipe from the sidelines he should lend his voice to the ecstatic adulation President Adams is accustomed to and desist from any comments that might make it hard for the President to see his party colleagues prosecuted.
Victory to the Peace Process!
Venceremos to The Cuban Revolution!