by Frank Schnittger
Sat Jun 5th, 2021 at 01:21:51 PM EST
Irish Independent, Letters: Edwin Poots's decision to stir trouble with his own `facts' is straight from the Trump playbook
The rhetoric from DUP leader Edwin Poots, about the Irish government, does little to promote peace and harmony. Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne, June 05 2021 02:30 AM
The term "stochastic terrorism" refers to a phenomenon whereby those who 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. Simultaneously, they decry all responsibility for it on the basis that nobody can prove a direct link between their words and actions, and those who actually carry out the violence.
Donald Trump's orchestration of the Capitol Hill riot is one example. 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 stir 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 any of the rioters in the streets might actually run an import- export business or are directly affected by the protocol.
They don't appear to understand that it was initially welcomed by the DUP. Nor do they grasp that it arose from an attempt to bridge the gap created by the UK leaving the EU Single Market and Customs Union after the DUP had voted down other attempts at reaching a withdrawal agreement.
There were opportunities to go down other roads, all of which required no such protocol.
To claim that the Irish Government wanted to deprive Northern Ireland of food and medicines - when that was an idea mooted by UK Home Secretary Priti Patel in relation to Ireland - is a departure into fantasy land.
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.
Blessington, Co Wicklow