Whilst the arguments for decomissioning and the extraction of the gun from Irish politics are wholly admirable, in themselves they do not bring us to any new place.
From a security point of view, the army and police would not behave as though the security risk had diminished just because a truckload of old guns turned up in South Armagh. The extension of this would possibly be a new round of backs-to-the-wall arguments by unionists of how they could be expected to go into government with republicans whom they could not trust, who might possibly have more guns under different tables.
Whilst the unionists, along with the nationalists, voted for the Good Friday agreement, we have not subsequently had any announcement from unionist politicians that the key to future long-term peace lies in the fact that unionists must for the first time make real efforts to make nationalists feel included in all aspects of Northern Irish society. Announcements and behaviour of this nature would secure the constitutional basis of Northern Ireland and kill off the utter rubbish talked about this being the first step toward a united Ireland.
If only the irresistible force of Mr Trimble could bring the unionist people to this recognition, then they would realise how strong a position we all are in.