Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Why does it take a right wing newspaper... the Washington Times to identify a branch of the Official IRA as Marxist-Leninist?
Mr. Garland, leader of the Marxist-Leninist Worker's Party, an arm of the Official Irish Republican Army, used his party contacts in North Korea and other nations to coordinate the purchase of fake $100 bills forged in North Korean, the indictment stated.
I'm curious: Are all the IRA groups Marxist-Leninist, or have they fractured because some are free market capitalists?

Do the WaPo and NYT mention the IRA (any IRA) having such an extreme political perspective from time to time, or is it so well known that it is assumed to be known by all readers...sort of like never referring to Dubya as a Republican?

Anyway, Bill Gertz has the story about North Korea counterfeiting US $100 bills in the Washington Times.

Thanks to DRUDGE REPORT for the lead.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The short answer is that it's so well known it's not mentioned.

The IRA split in early 1970 into the Official IRA, a Marxist group that dropped out of the bomb-throwing business by 1974, and the Provisional IRA, a basically apolitical group that became what most people mean when they refer to 'the IRA'.

The Official IRA never officially disbanded but has stuck around as the muscle & 'fund raising' (protection rackets & counterfeiting) wing of the Workers Party. The Workers Party is the extremely pro-USSR political group that evolved from Official Sinn Fein after Sinn Fein split at the same time as the IRA.

Monday, October 17, 2005 at 1:37:00 AM HST  

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