Dissidents hope that British are more stupid than them
People have been watching closely the way Sinn Fein has responded to the appalling murderous attack at Massereene Barracks on Saturday night.
Some people have been trying mischievously, just as the dissidents want, to insert a wedge between Martin McGuinness and Peter Robinson on the one hand and between Gerry Adams and Sinn Fein assembly members on the other, so far without success.
Perhaps more important for the success of politics here is how the British administration responds and again, so far, it looks as though they are not going to fall into the trap laid for them.
Some people have characterised the attack as ‘senseless’ and ‘pointless’. Far from it.
The attack was carefully timed just before Martin McGuinness and Peter Robinson were due to fly to Washington for a series of high-profile meetings including one with President Obama.
The killings were designed to accomplish a number of objectives – to embarrass Sinn Fein; to provoke a disproportionate response from the British; to cause division between Sinn Fein and the DUP and make it less likely that policing and justice will be devolved to northern politicians.