Elessar wrote:The IRA have done some terrible things over the years. But, as is often the case, their members were the extremists from a group of people who were oppressed and abused. They weren't allowed to vote, couldn't get jobs, and couldn't go to watch a game of football without fearing the tanks rolling in to take a few pot shots at the crowd. Terrorism is never justified, and the victims really won't care about the motives of those responsible, but I understand someone stepping up to try to protect their people, albeit through awful means, far more than foreign soldiers coming over and shooting a few innocent people with the support of the entire British Empire behind them.
And remember, they tried peaceful protests as well. They failed. And those who died in peaceful protests are probably remembered by many as being IRA terrorists.
Ace wrote:But, Having seen Martin McGuiness on the news last night giving his views I wondered whether he will also be issuing an apology to the families of those his organisation murdered and disfigured during his time in the IRA. Just as the British army committed their atrocity so to have the paramilitaries of Ireland. Many men women and children who knew nothing of the politics of Ireland where slaughtered. Many lost their lives, their limbs and their loved ones. These included children too young to even understand.
However, I suspect they'll see the innocent victims of the IRA as yet more victims of the British.
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