"The vast majority of the people of Ireland are Republicans and Nationalists. "
If that was so then we would have a vote on an All Ireland would we not?
For myself I see that nat/rep have a duty to make it really clear to the various IRA groups they have not got support,but what bothers me is this inbuilt willingness to support anything IRA if SF declares an action not to their liking.
How many people, post murders of the soldiers and policeman, declare the introduction of the SRR would make them join the dissidents if any of them were killed by "special forces", maybe not many here but in other forums such statements were made.
When challenged these people cite crud from years ago and then lambast their opposite number for fearing the rise of the IRA's because they get succor from this support.
I am sure the various IRA's thought hold on a minute are we dealing with schizophrenics one min they show support the next they want to lynch us.
All that is based on the way SF sway support or not for dissidents.Pre-murders and post see totally different declarations this can only be resolved by nat\rep unionists\loyalists can only look on until SF made up their mind for outright condemnation.
One thing for sure it was great to see the "enemies" stand together to oppose a common cause and doing so with an understanding of each others past and that neither want a return to violence.