Provisional Sinn Feins' 2016
strategy in tatters
McGuinness will not be on the steps of
the GPO on Easter Sunday 2016 taking the salute of the 26-county
army as envisioned by his cohorts and starry-eyed followers.
The strategy conceived by McGuinness
and Adams to highjack the 26-county state’s official centennial
commemoration of the 1916 Easter Rising did not anticipate the
tenacity of the state’s political elite in protecting what they
consider to be their own rightful spoils.
Provisional Sinn Fein, buoyed by their
successes in the 26-county state's general election held earlier
this year, believed that the time was right to mix it up with their
less sophisticated southern cousins, by having their own Martin vie
for the ceremonial office of president.
Believing that the "peace process" was
the magic formula for success they ventured south to claim the prize
and set the stage for 2016. After all, the "peace process" got them
U.S. visa’s, invitations to Downing Street and the White House – if
that was not a formula for success -- what was?.
Their foray south was a lesson in
reality for Provisional Sinn Fein and, especially for McGuinness and his
dream of acceptance, respect, pomp and ceremony befitting a 'man of
peace'. Not too many of his southern cousins believed him to be such
a man. Many questioned his sincerity, honesty, memory lapses and,
above all, his motives.
His understanding of his southern
cousins was somewhat off target to say the least. He did not
appreciate their skepticism regarding his role as a minister of the
crown administrating British rule in Ireland, while at the same time
donning the mantle of Irish Republicanism. For him, this was not an
issue up north -- why should it be down south.
Up north he could use his "heavies" to
enforce such a charade. Down
south he was an interloper without clothing