May I offer one comment on the letter from Mr Tom Ekin (‘We still support politicians whose main achievement is sectarianism,’ April 12, see link below).
He asks: “Why do we not elect politicians who will put the constitutional position on the back burner until we get Northern Ireland to being a better run place, with better education, better welfare, better jobs for more people, and less criminality?”
That will sound so winsome and politically appealing to some. But it is most foolish.
It reminds me of the little boy who recently lost his finger as a result of being allowed to stroke a lovely wee monkey in a zoo! If we forget the true nature of Sinn Fein/IRA then we stand to lose more than a finger.
What Mr Ekin suggests is like asking the captain of a ship in the midst of a sea battle to cease responding to the attacks of enemy vessels while he attends to the problems that the enemy attacks have created on his vessel?
Oftentimes ships are so damaged by enemy attacks that they must withdraw from the battle scene but as they do so they continue to mount what defence they can in response to the continued attacks of the enemy, for those assaults have not ended.
I fear such sentiments indicate a total lack of understanding just what the enemies of Ulster’s constitutional existence are seeking to do.
There is not a contest between two political ideologies taking place in Ulster. No, Sinn Fein/IRA and its nationalist allies are seeking the destruction of Northern Ireland, not a change in the social policies which are in force within it.
How foolish and blinded by a desire for political power were our unionist leaders when they entered into a ‘power-sharing’ coalition with those bent on the destruction of Northern Ireland.
Let us never forget the true nature of what is taking place in our land.
Rev Ivan Foster (Rtd), Kilskeery, Co Tyrone
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