When I was a kid, a former Nazi was caught with some regularity. Most were small timers like camp officers or regional functionaries. Back in the 1970’s, promoting the Holocaust mythology was still in the early stages, so capturing a former Nazi was a chance to sell the story. Even today, when the few remaining Nazis are octogenarians, they still hunt for them and cheer when they find one somewhere. Nazis remain good business for the Jews running the Holocaust industry.
Vengeance is a part of human nature and no group hold a grudge like the Jews, so Nazi hunting will be with us forever. Even after all the Nazis are dead, Jews will go after their decedents and the companies they claim benefited from the Nazis. Then they will go after the governments and on and on. The Jews never forget an enemy and they run the world now, so as long as that is true, the holocaust will be with us. The past will be a nightmare from which we never awake.
Anyway, the same thing is playing out with the Irish. The Troubles are long over, but there are still scores to settle. The one people who come close to the Jews in terms of holding grudges are the Irish. That means as long as there are Irish in Ireland, they will be holding grudges over the troubles. Police in Northern Ireland have arrested Gerry Adams for the murder of a Belfast widow 40+ years ago.
Police in Northern Ireland arrested Sinn Fein party leader Gerry Adams on Wednesday on suspicion of involvement in the Irish Republican Army’s 1972 abduction, killing and secret burial of a Belfast widow.
Adams, 65, confirmed his own arrest in a prepared statement and described it as a voluntary, prearranged interview.
Adams was always a loathsome character. Every revolt has characters like Adams, who see the unrest as a chance to profit. He was never much of a fighter, but he was good at talking for those who did the fighting. He was never much of a politician, but he was happy to stand in front of cameras and take credit for the work of others. That said, he should get credit for bringing about the Good Friday Agreements.
What Adams was good at was seeing the American Empire plainly. If he could get Americans on his side, he could put pressure on the British government. Politicians like Peter King of New York became aggressive advocates for the killing of women and children, even helping the IRA raise money. Having a US congressmen on the payroll was worth a thousand masked paddies holding clubs.
Anyway, the argument for going after him now, after all these years, is that justice must be served. That sounds fine when you are a great distance from the events, but it is a reminder to present and future adversaries that you can never sleep as long as the other side lives. Adams thought he put all of this behind him. Now he probably wonders if he should have ever done business with the Protestants. Every future rebel will draw the right lesson here.
The bigger issue is the fact the past, this part of the past anyway, is heading down the memory hole. I recall when the battles in Ireland were front page news. Today, hardly anyone remembers it. The modern Irish on both sides have no interest in the struggles. They don’t go to church and they don’t care about the past. Young Irish are not interested in planting bombs. They want to get drunk and fornicate while listening to hip-hop.
The Nazi hunters succeeded in keeping the past alive, but that’s a different thing than this. The American Empire is largely run by Members of the Tribe so keeping the Holocaust alive has real value to people wholly unrelated to the events of 70 years ago. No offense to the Irish, but even the Irish have lost interest in Irish history. I just don’t see the point in trying to keep The Troubles alive. But, people have long memories and an innate desire to kill their enemies.