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Should we believe the IRA has actually decommissioned its weapons

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Should we believe the IRA has actually decommissioned its weapons? The issue of the IRA decommissioning has been at the forefront of the news the past few weeks and there has been a great deal of scepticism questioning the validity of the IRA's claim that they have put their weapons beyond use. As there is no evidence to back up the IRA's claim the doubters will ask "How we can believe that the IRA has decommissioned its weapons if there is no hard photographic evidence?". This is a promising, hopeful time for peace in a country devastated by sectarian violence and the Republicans will argue that it is time for the Unionists to accept that the Republican movement is legitimate and democratic. ...read more.

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To counter this the Republicans may stress that this is an historic day in the campaign for peace and that the people of the North of Ireland must decide for themselves if they wish to stay firmly entrenched in the bigotry and violence of their dark past or if they have the courage and honour to seize a brighter future for their children. I have a strong personal feeling on the matter of decommissioning primarily coming from what I think about the whole decommissioning subject and what I think will come from it in the future. Decommissioning gives breathing space so to speak but nothing more. ...read more.

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I have come to the conclusion that the DUP and other loyalist and unionist parties will never accept anything the IRA or other republican movements do, because they don't want to. To conclude, I would just like to say that you must decide for yourself whether or not you believe the IRA has decommissioned its weapons, this essay has revealed the various arguments for either side of the argument but ultimately the final decision is up to you. On a final note, it's up to the loyalists now if they want peace or not, if they do they can come to equitable terms and accept Catholics as their country men or if their own incitement and arrogant violence continues, risk the IRA rearming and forgetting about peace at all for generations to come. ...read more.

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