Originally Posted by BalcombeSt4
A decent man, but a little stuck in the past ......
To that and all the other claims for his 'worth' I reply that he was a brutal thug stuck in a mythical past shaped by his white Irish Catholicism, his own version of Republicanism and his warped imagination. This country in its near entirety shed not one single tear on the news of his death; he lived to a ripe old age unlike the almost 900 people murdered by the PIRA during his leadership. He was a man of extreme violence, a dinosaur, a bigot of the highest order who did not know what was the true meaning of being a ‘Republican’.
True Republicans have an agenda of uniting Catholic, Protestant and Dissenter. Under McKee’s distorted outlook nobody, Catholic, Protestant, Dissenter, woman or child was free from being murdered in his undemocratic pursuit of his version of a United Ireland.
McKee's bigotry and hatred were astounding and were more suited to the medieval Jesuits of the Inquisition. When PSNI officer Ronan Kerr was murdered in 2011, he told the Irish News that “Ronan Kerr knew when he donned that uniform what was in front of him... You can’t expect us to go down and start shedding tears for some of them. Not me.” Not long after that he was excoriated for the Bloody Friday / Belfast city centre bombing and his trite excuse was that it “didn’t come off as expected”. He did not have the courage to state how he expected the 20 bombs to ‘come off’ adding “I’m not going to condemn it or the men that carried it out,” he said. “No way.”
Similarly, to the end he had no sympathy for Mrs. McConville’s family, continuing to justify her killing because, according to him, “All I know is that Mrs McConville was found out... working for the Brits,” a claim denied by her family and reaffirmed by the Police Ombudsman as false.
Ireland is better off without people like him and his twisted supporters. Thankfully in decades to come history will view him for what he really was.