The IRA and its Supporters
Randy Black writes: "While I am not particularly surprised by Mr. Heelan’s comment that the IRA terrorists received some financial support from Irish sympathizers in the USA, since this fact has been constantly publicized for more than a decade in the US media, I am surprised that he overlooks the ideology (Marxist), training support (Libyan) and is linked to ETA, FARC and the PLO. It is evident that the IRA is training Palestinians and Colombians in bomb-making technology.
What is the IRA? (from various sources) This group is a radical terrorist group formed in 1969 as clandestine armed wing of Sinn Fein, a legal political movement dedicated to removing British forces from Northern Ireland and unifying Ireland. The organization has a Marxist orientation, and is organized into small, tightly knit cells under the leadership of the Army Council. They receive financial support and aid from sympathizers in the U.S., and have received arms and training in Libya and from the PLO. Similarities in operations suggest links to the ETA.
The IRA used bombings, assassinations, kidnappings, extortion, and robberies. Before its 1994 cease-fire, its targets included senior British Government officials, British military and police in Northern Ireland, and Northern Irish Loyalist paramilitary groups. Since breaking its cease-fire in February 1996, IRA's operations have included bombing campaigns against train and subway stations and shopping areas on mainland Britain, British military and Royal Ulster Constabulary targets in Northern Ireland, and a British military facility on the European Continent.
An interesting interview with an IRA leader is linked below. In it, that leader says, in effect, that no Irish person has the right to disagree with the IRA goals, and if anyone does so, they are a legitimate target for death.
The IRA/FARC connection was first made public on August 11, 2001, following the arrest in Bogota of two IRA explosives and urban-warfare experts and of a representative of Sinn Fein (the IRA's political wing) who was known to be stationed in Cuba and on the payroll of the Cuban Communist party. The three had explosive traces on their clothes and luggage, but claimed they were in Colombia to advise the FARC on their "peace talks" with the government. The false travel documents they carried, however, raised doubts about their peaceful intentions. Since then, the violent attacks of the FARC have escalated, at a cost of hundreds of lives of civilians as well as military personnel".
Ronald Hilton -