26 August 2004 Edition
Why the truth about collusion is so crucial - By Pat Doherty
BOTH governments have promised intensive negotiations in September, with the stated aim of resolving all outstanding issues to the full and faithful implementation of the Good Friday Agreement.
Since the IRA cessation of 1994, republicans have taken initiative after initiative to advance the Peace Process.
Many of these initiatives have created major misgivings within the republican/nationalist community, with many people believing that republicans have moved too far, especially in the face of intransigence and belligerence from political unionism allied with the British Government's adoption of the unionist agenda of attempting to dilute and frustrate the process of change promised under the Good Friday Agreement.
The British Government has, on three separate occasions, unilaterally suspended the institutions set up under the Good Friday Agreement (which is supposed to be internationally binding).
It has also failed to deliver on its commitments on Policing, Administration of Justice, Demilitarisation, Equality and Human Rights.
The British Government's failure to deliver on the above issues is directly related to its determination to suppress the truth about its policy of Collusion.
For the British Government know full well that the truth about collusion will expose the extent of its Dirty War in Ireland.
The resulting domestic and international outcry would focus an unwanted spotlight on the murky state apparatus which implemented this policy and which still remains intact.
Most significantly, it would threaten the British Establishment/Securocrat ability to control and manipulate policing, courts and other agencies in the Six Counties for political purposes.
However, unless the British Government come clean on its policy of collusion and open up its institutions to democratic scrutiny and accountability, it will continue to undermine the potential for the Peace Process to succeed.
The British Government holds the key to resolving many of the outstanding issues in the Peace Process.
Does it possess the will?
We will find out in September.