In his June 2006 obituary
for Fr Dennis Faul, Dean Godson suggested that the life of the Irish
human rights campaigner ‘offers profound lessons for democracies on how
to fight, and not to fight, terrorism.’
Godson may well be
right, but for reasons other than those he intended. As he
acknowledges, Faul was labelled a ‘Provo priest’ by his critics. The
irony is that this smear originated in precisely the kind of ‘political
warfare’ that Godson advocates.
From my latest piece for Spinwatch.