- Feb 16, 2018
Not quite, going by the request to shoot up a school the desire was to escalate things to a point where an overwhelming military response could be put in place. It's best to remember the context of the times, not too ironically the same as the war of Independence in Ireland where the British didn't want to recognise armed reisistance against the state as being anything more than criminal and thus requiring only a 'police action' as opposed to a military one meaning they would do anything but recognise it as a war of any kind.That's the definition of a civil war. Weir said as much. The only reason for not calling it such is the insistence of SF/PIRA that they harboured no sectarianism in their ranks.
If it's credible that British military intelligence wanted to escalate things to such a point than this suggests the presence of some extremist hawks in the British establishment, which brings to mind a certain helicopter crash around the time of the peace talks.