Gerry Adams talks to MEMO: 'Personally I have found that the hardest negotiation is with your own side'
During Britain's long conflict in Northern Ireland the British media branded IRA members "mafia" and "godfathers", recalls Gerry Adams. He says it was part of a negative propaganda campaign to dehumanise and undermine the republican struggle for freedom in the same way Britain has always pitted itself against "terrorists", "gunmen", "fanatics" and "extremists" during their colonial wars. "The logic was simple," Adams explains. "In order to defeat an enemy, especially in a guerrilla war, you must undermine its base of support. Separate the freedom fighter from the people who provide the personnel and the resources it needs to survive. If you can convince those citizens who support your enemy that they are not liberators or freedom fighters then the objective of winning has moved significantly closer." [ read more ]