Martin McGuiness to meet The Queen

  Forum Editor 23:27 24 Jun 2012
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Former IRA leader Martin McGuinness is to meet the Queen and shake her hand at a charity reception in Belfast on Wednesday.

The times, they are a changin'

  Flak999 23:41 24 Jun 2012

Mandela, McGuinness and Mugabe, what do they all have in common? All, at one point in their lives, terrorists!

The first is now a saint! The second, like St Paul has had an epiphany, and the last is still a devil!

It's a funny old world!

  zzzz999 06:33 25 Jun 2012

wonder who is responsible for the most deaths?

  morddwyd 08:12 25 Jun 2012

That spinning sound you hear is Lord Louis in his grave.

  Quickbeam 08:29 25 Jun 2012

But we can't move on without this huge gesture of magnanimity.

  Bingalau 09:00 25 Jun 2012

Maybe it is the catalyst for better relations with Ireland as a whole. I think it is the right thing to do myself. We cannot live in the past. The world would be a better place if all the tribes could get together and shake hands.

In reality it will never happen whilst people worship different Gods. I think the North American Indians had the right idea in worshipping a wooden Totem Pole. They probably got as much sense out of one of those, than could be got from all the religious leaders in the World.

  spuds 12:07 25 Jun 2012

"The times, they are a changin'"

There might appear to be for some, but certainly not for others. Shaking hands or being in the same room, doesn't mean you are friends or carry the goodwill of others.

  spuds 12:09 25 Jun 2012

Whoops, that should have been "The times, they are a changin'"

(notice the highlight?)

  daz60 13:13 25 Jun 2012

HRH,because of her position, has shook hands or associated with many a devil,so this will not phase her no matter how disgusted she may feel.

Like Arafat and Peres and Shimon who all recieved the Nobel prize,former terrorists recieving a prize created in name from the man who invented dynamite,the worm always turns.

  flycatcher1 15:08 25 Jun 2012

spider9

Not HRH

Off to the Tower with you!

  csqwared 20:31 25 Jun 2012

This word terrorist worries me slightly - particularly in the case of people like McGuinness. In another context people fighting for a political ideal have been known as 'freedom fighters' and I cannot divine a distinction between the two cases. It seems to me that one or the other description is used depending upon how the speaker stands politically. History has shown the Brits quite happily aiding the Afghan 'freedom fighters' when it suited them but now have a different terminology. I'm not condoning for one minute the acts perpetrated by these people and hopefully this magnanimous gesture by HRH will go a long way to helping the Irish situation. Sadly, I somehow doubt it.

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