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Stupidity reigns in Derry drugs campaign
The PSNI have begun to compete with Republican Action Against Drugs in the stupidity and ignorance of their ani-drugs raids. Plus: simpering about the Queen...
Eamonn McCann, 20 Jun 2012
RAAD greeted the story as gold-dust. It hugely enhanced their case for permanently eliminating “death dealers” out to “poison our young people.”
No mainstream party or local media outlet questioned these baseless warnings of imminent disaster. This is the main reason RAAD can expect to prosper through the maiming and murder of mainly young people. And there may be another positive development for the outfit in the offing.
The point has been made here more than once that RAAD differed from “dissidents” in that it eschewed armed struggle against security forces. Now, however, as the clueless PSNI simultaneously hunts RAAD members and amplifies their message, the group has taken to targeting the PSNI in retaliation, describing actions such as the raid on Trash as “stunts” and scornfully rejecting Sinn Fein’s support for the “new police service”.
It was remarked in this column six weeks ago that, “RAAD, having developed its own momentum and its sense of entitlement to enforce its will, has begun to challenge SF’s authority… The more this attitude hardens, the greater the area of common operational ground between RAAD and the Reals.”
And so it has come to pass. What began as a crusade against drugs has become a potential challenge to the political settlement, a threat to the fragile peace. The trajectory of events leads towards uncertainty, instability and an escalating death toll.
This is a small localised example of a global phenomenon – the absolute failure and bloody stupidity of the War on Drugs.
I was going to make a few observations on the British media’s arse-licking of the useless Royals. But did you see that snivelling piece in the Indo by Kevin Myers? We have nothing to feel superior about.
Once upon a time, a certain foppish chutzpah was de rigueur with Myers. Now, faced with the Brit Royals, he has all the dainty decorum of the dropped bollocks of a mangy cur.
And did I miss something, or has there not been a single review of the gig outside Buckingham Palace? I shouldn’t be surprised. What a fiasco! And how embarrassing was the botoxed, face-lifted, false-haired Paul McCartney? This was the worst gig in the history of the world. The Duke of Edinburgh’s excuse for his no-show was a bladder infection. Some people will say anything to get out of a Cliff Richard concert. Personally, I was at the launch of Sean Tyrrell’s Walker Of The Snow. Now there’s class.