Two of those injured were pizza delivery men who the Real IRA said, while foaming at the mouth with rabies spittle, were “collaborators with British rule”. No, they quite probably were just a couple of blokes trying to put food on the table for their families.
The dissidents’ real target is Sinn Fein. Their calculation must be that they can attract some Republicans who are slowly drawing the conclusion that their organisation is now part of the sectarian state’s establishment.
The dissidents will be penetrated by informers and may just be able to get away with one successful attack every few months. Part of their thinking, and that’s not one of their strong points, is that the harassment and intimidation will radicalise a new generation of militants.
Their fundamental problem is that they are resorting to a strategy that was tested for twenty years and utterly failed. They have nothing to say about why Sinn Fein ended up where it has other than attributing it to the venality of individuals. Going back up the same blind alley with much less support, a far weaker organisation and no politics is going to be a bloody pointless farce.
“Bloody” in both senses of the word, unfortunately.