If he does get the job it will be one of a few instances in the world (in recent history) where one man's terrorist who is another man's freedom fighter goes on to high office. Allegedly he has been involved in the demise of persons, as have others who had the sanction of an official sovereign government. When viewed from a distance who is right, who is wrong ? A matter of one's position and political leaning deciding the conundrum. It's a strange old world.
A relative of mine, long-retired, ex intelligence, who has had occasion to read the dossiers on the gentleman in question - and, for that matter, his bearded friend - nearly had a heart attack on hearing the news last week.
The US Attorney's Office has served subpoenas on the American Boston College, seeking access to tapes and transcripts of statements by loyalists and nationalists regarding the murder of alleged informant Jean McConville by the IRA in 1972. This murder was authorised from the very top, and all the denials of aspiring politicians today that they were never involved in the IRA doesn't change their history of involvement in this and related murders.
Well, the writing of current Constitution was overseen in the 1930's by elected representatives, many of whom would have been active in the 1920's War of Independence and subsequent Civil War. However, under Article 12 of the Constitution, a President may be impeached (And don't forget that in 1970 a man who was to go on to be Prime Minister (Taoiseach), Charles Haughey was implicated and tried for gun-running while a server Minister).
Should Mr. McGuinness become Uachtarán na h'Éireann (President of Ireland), he would be Head of State of a country that the organisation he was suspected of being a senior member of was sworn to destroy (Yes, the IRA were pledged to overthrow the Irish state too). He would also become Commander In Chief of the Irish Defence Forces, an institution which his alleged former colleagues did/do not recognise as the legitimise armed forces of the Irish nation.
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These types have never been to bright when it comes to logic, may be one of the problems, I think a reasonably wise man once said, "young men decide the way to win the war, old men decide how to win the peace." Its a pitty that if the war lasts long enough then they can be one and the same and have no sence of either.