The difference is the State represents all of us and their duty is to protect us. To do that they must use whatever methods necessary. They obviously fought the IRA with one hand tied behind their back.So essentially you are excusing state sanctioned murder as a means to an end? What, then is the difference between the 'security forces' and the 'terrorists'?
I, personally, did not call for any files to be released. But, there has been numerous calls for truth and reconciliation commissions for a number of years. It would be a long and difficult process for all involved, but, I do believe that it would help this place to move forward
Terrorists represent a tiny minority who have essentially elected themselves. Their motive is to gain power for themselves by overthrowing the democratically elected government or in our case getting them to pull out and leave the Unionists at the mercy of the IRA. To achieve that they carry out atrocities. They murder civilians and protect no one. They bomb, shoot ,kidnap, torture and disappear people.
The question you have to ask is what would a reasonable man do when he is under attack by terror gangs?