The crash landing of a British military helicopter in Crossmaglen is an extremely worrying development, although one which local people are not entirely surprised at, as these helicopters constantly fly at a dangerously low level, and without regard for the safety and well being of the local population.
Photographs of the crash illustrate just how close this was to a housing estate, and just how lucky we are that there was not massive civilian fatalities in the area. As long as the British army remain in Ireland there is always the possibility that next time we will not be so lucky.
The statement by Conor Murphy calling on local people to inform on those who subsequently attacked the crown forces in the area is a clear illustration of which side he is now on. We have little doubt that this call for collaboration with the British crown forces will be completely ignored by the people of Crossmaglen.
What Conor Murphy does is his own business, but it is utterly contemptible that he would make such a call in the name of Irish republicanism, and in the process disrespect the memory of all those Republican volunteers who gave their lives fighting against the very same crown forces.
We in the 32 County Sovereignty Movement, for our part, salute the acts of resistance shown by the youth of Crossmaglen, who clearly have not bought into the revisionist lies and distortions being sold to them.
Republicans in South Armagh must now begin the arduous, but necessary task of rebuilding Republicanism in the area, and creating a resistance movement, bigger and better than that which we once had, in order to drive the British army once and for all from these shores and establish an independent Irish Republic.
32 County Sovereignty Movement