From a pragmatic point of view it
should not be much a surprise that Martin McGuinness, the deputy
first minister in the Stormont Administration would meet with
and pay his respects to England’s Queen Elizabeth. After all
the Queen is the head of state of the United Kingdom that, under
the current arrangement, claims sovereignty over the six
occupied Irish counties, therefore, to all intent and purposes
she is Martin’s boss who pays his salary and keeps him safe.
Administration implements British government mandates and
policies in the six occupied Irish counties.
Martin and his cohort Gerry Adams
have covertly and overtly been serving British interests in
Ireland for over thirty years. Their metamorphosis from
so-called “republicans” in the early 1970’s to servants of the
Queen was gradual and practically indiscernible at the onset.
For Irish Republicans familiar
with British tactics in dealing with insurgencies it was not
surprising that McGuinness and Adams were targeted by British
intelligence as potential allies. Their lack of conviction with
respect to national aspirations coupled with an avid desire for
wealth and acceptance were the same traits the British
successfully exploited in recruiting touts from within the ranks
of insurgents down through the centuries, not alone in Ireland,
but elsewhere throughout the world.
In essence the British concluded
that McGuinness and Adams recalcitrance was sectarian in nature,
therefore, could be dealt with on a "carrot and stick" basis.
For thirty plus years McGuinness
and Adams followed the game plan devised by their British
handlers and were rewarded accordingly. In that regard they had
a fair amount of success, however, they failed to
deliver the main prize; a subdued and compliant “Ulster
Province” that would ensure the survival of the United Kingdom as presently construed. In order to accomplish
that the duo would have to deliver the Republican movement,
lock, stock and barrel, to the high altar of the British
That they failed to do. After
fifteen years of trying, the only thing the duo managed to
deliver was a bunch of sectarian thugs who, in order to survive,
had attached themselves to the Republican movement like
barnacles to a ships hull.
As the script was supposed to go;
the last act in the saga would be the “handshake” a gesture to
show the world that the Republican movement was at last
defeated, the United Kingdom was no longer endangered and the
world was a safer place thanks to McGuinness and Adams --
faithful servants of the realm.