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Dear Sir, -The term "Stochastic terrorism" refers to a phenomenon whereby those that incite and create a climate of violence can never be traced to actually perpetrating it. They increase the statistical probability of violence occurring by creating a sense of fear and loathing but simultaneously decry all responsibility for it on the basis that no one can prove a direct link between their words and actions and those who actually carried out the violence.  

Donal Trump's orchestration of the Capitol hill riot was one recent example, although, as usual, he was too blatant in his approach to make his denials of responsibility credible. That didn't stop the vast majority of Republican legislators acquitting him of "high crimes and misdemeanours."

Edwin Poots seems hell-bent on following the Trump playbook, stoking up divisions and engaging in all manner of conspiracy theories in an attempt to gin up trouble and demonise the Irish government. To listen to him speak, you would never understand that the Northern Ireland Protocol was part of an international treaty freely negotiated between Her Majesty's government and the EU and to which Ireland is not even a direct contracting party.

It is difficult to believe that the rioters in the streets actually run an import export business or are directly affected by the Protocol. Neither do they appear to understand that it was initially welcomed by the DUP, and that it arose from an attempt to bridge the gap created by the UK opting to leave the EU Single Market and Customs Union after the DUP had voted down every other attempt at reaching a Withdrawal agreement, the rest of which had required no such protocol.

To claim that the Irish Government wanted to deprive Northern Ireland of food and medicines - when that was actually an idea mooted by UK Home Secretary Priti Patel in relation to Ireland - is a departure into fantasy land worthy of a John Cleese comedy if it wasn't so serious. Edwin Poots can believe what he likes about the origins of the Earth, but he is not entitled to his own facts about our present and future.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Jun 4th, 2021 at 12:57:30 PM EST

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