Over on Slugger, Brian Walker is urging everyone to give Sinn Féin the space it needs at the moment.
Irish republicanism has always sought to conflate legitimate grievances - inequality, discrimination, harrasment - with the national cause.
Their great successes - 1916, the 1918 election, the subsequent collapse of British rule in most of Ireland with Black & Tan mayhem as a backdrop, through to the NICRA-era in the late 1960s leading to Bloody Sunday and internment, and then the Hunger Strikes of the 1980s - riling the Brit dog - have all led to entrenchment in a longer and longer death march.
The lack of even the legitmate grievances of the past should put paid to the current outrages. I think Brian is right.