Do you think its right to 'airbrush' out these facts?Ballinran said:
Because not all Republicans interned were IRA members and not all of those interned were even Republicans.Thrasymachus said:and how Republicans can claim that the IRA were "soldiers" but then object to internment, ie what happens to POWs, is beyond me.
Who are you addressing this to, Ballinran or cgcsb :?:The OD said:Do you think its right to 'airbrush' out these facts?Ballinran said:
Do you think that there was only one side to this conflict and that this side was always in the right/wrong?
Do you believe its better to keep harping back to the past or to push on to a better tomorrow.
Do you want justice or revenge?
Do you want to be seen as the 'winning side' or is peace and prosperity for all a bigger prize to aim for?
In essence do you actually give a sh*t about the future or would you prefer to return to the way things used to be in the North of Ireland?
You ignore the fact that the British Crown Forces are unlawfully at arms. They are actively involved in terrorism and have no right to arrest or imprison Irish people on Irish soil. Their terrorist masters in Westminster promote an ongoing usurpation and crime against human progress.Thrasymachus said:Well cgsb the parts of the Maze that deal with internment are to be demolished (and how Republicans can claim that the IRA were "soldiers" but then object to internment, ie what happens to POWs, is beyond me).
without going through this whole debate again...Moogie said:
Let's say an RUC reservist is a schoolteacher.badinage said:Yes soldiers wear uniform when home in bed. However, enemy soldiers can shoot them dead while they're asleep in bed. If they wake them up and take them prisoner, they're only entitled to POW status if they claim to be soldiers. If they deny it, then they can be executed as partisans/spies/criminals
In my personal opinion, the IRA has no right to shoot anybody because it is an unelected organisation of ultra-nationalists.pogo said:Let's say a RUC reservist is a schoolteacher.
In your personal opinion, would it be perfectly acceptable for the IRA to shoot him at break time in school :?:
I don't think you're comparing like with like here.badinage said:Another (more relaistic) example would be French Resistance fighters killing individual German squaddies. They don't have the resources to engage in conventional engagements, they don't have the resources to take prisoners of war, so they play to their strengths and the enemy's weaknesses, and take out individual soldiers - if the enemy are unarmed then it feels like an execution, but when the German military have no qualms about executing French civilians in retalation for Resistance operations, then I doubt too many Resistance fighters are going to lose sleep over it.
Very true comments.Of course, ultimately targetting RUC and UDR personnel was self-defeating since it played to the British Gov policy of Ulsterisation - the death of an Irish UDR reservist entrenches the Unionist community, and has far less effect on the mainland UK electorate and the British Gov than a regular army soldier (only 300 British regular army soldiers were killed by the IRA: the vast majority of the Troubles victims were Irish)