Irish journalism surely loves its hyperbole. From the “Oirish” Mirror:
“A large seizure of explosives and guns has put a dent in the activities of dissident republicans, say detectives.”
“It is the largest ever dissident republican arms and explosives find.”
Wow. Largest ever. And what exactly was found?
- 3 shotguns (one double-barrelled and two single-barrelled civilian firearms, two of which had the barrels shortened)
- 10 handguns (four actual weapons of various calibres and six imitation firearms or blank pistols, some badly corroded)
- 1 submachine gun (a military firearm, poorly maintained)
- 1 air rifle (civilian)
- 1300 rounds of assorted ammunition (mostly 9mm, some corroded and possibly unsafe to use)
- 15kg of Semtex-H explosives (much of which looks to be in a parlous state. All Semtex produced before the mid-1990s had a viable shelf-life of ten years even in “optimum conditions”. In other words not stored in a wet hole in the ground. The vast majority of the Semtex-H variant acquired by the Provisional Irish Republican Army in the 1980s is now almost certainly unusable)
- Fireworks (the “explosive” contents or components of which are used in the production of…)
- 9 pipe-bombs (of unknown explosive content or completeness – in fact only one or two look ready for use)
- Various electronic items and other pieces of equipment
Okay, so basically what we have above is the equivalent of the average arsenal of one of Dublin city’s smaller nacro-gangs (minus the Semtex-H – though these days you never know). It’s hardly the basis on which to launch a sustained armed struggle against one of the largest military powers in Western Europe.
The Oirish Indo newspaper has this claim in relation to the Semtex found in the arms dump:
“The cache contained enough explosives to be used in more than 180 bombs.”
And how the hell is that calculated? 15kg of high explosives equals exactly 180 bombs? What, off a production assembly line where all mixes between commercial and improvised explosives are the same? Sigh…
At the end of the day a small quantity of weapons and explosives have been seized, one man has been taken into custody under our draconian anti-subversive laws and several more have been arrested in an unrelated operation by An Garda.
More of our fellow Irish citizens are facing lives irrevocably altered in the pursuit of a righteous cause that most believe could be better achieved by other means.
And one is forced to ask: how many of those who claim to serve that cause are actually using it as a cover for pursuing other more venal causes of their own and in doing so are bringing ruination on all?
WorldByStorm has more here.