Posted by Mike on May 08, 2005 at 13:20:50:
In Reply to: Re: Respect for the dead posted by Abu on May 08, 2005 at 12:52:26:
Shamelessly plagerised from the Irish times heres Newtown Emerson's satirical "tribute" to Joe "Camel"
Saying goodbye to a great neighbour
Newton Emerson was deeply touched by a moving tribute to "a true patriot
The funeral has taken place in west Belfast of former IRA chief of staff, Joe Camel, who died last week after a long battle against everyone. In a grave graveside oration, Sinn Fein president for life Gerry Adams paid tribute to the veteran republican. "Without Joe there could not have been a peace process," he said, "for without Joe there would not have been a war process."
Thousands attended the burial in Milltown cemetery, described by one grieving bystander as "Joe's last republican plot". Many had travelled from the Irish Republic, lending the event a truly international flavour. Among
"I'll never forget the first time I met Joe Camel," Ms McDuck told waiting reporters. "He turned to me and said 'Who's this pretty little thing then?' Joe had a revolutionary approach to the role of women in the struggle." Joe Camel was born in Belfast in 1920, just months before partition created the separate state of west Belfast. This traumatic event radicalised him from an extremely young age. "That was just typical of young Camel," recalls one neighbour.
Camel's accomplice in the killing was not so fortunate, although he was exactly as fortunate as the victim. (In his release from prison Camel
In 1969 Camel played a key part in the split between the Official Irish Republican Army and the breakaway Northern Ireland Republican Army.
Throughout the rest of the 1970s Camel oversaw the Northern Ireland Republican Army campaign from his cell and was responsible for some of its
"Joe was an unashamed physical force republican but he saw this as his last resort, not his first resort," Gerry Adams told mourners. "You may not
It is around this time that Gerry Adams suddenly replaced him and, eventually, everyone like him. Republicans took their first tentative steps
Joe Camel is survived by his wife and one million Protestants !
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