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Were the Irish Republican Army terrorists or patriots?


Ruff says Flaherty

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If you're fighting in your own land against an invader can you really be a 'terrorist". If Ireland was invaded again I suspect that most most of us would be inclined toward acts of resistance that would include armed attacks on the invaders. Would we be 'terrorists' or patriots?
 


neiphin

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popcorn time
 

eoghanacht

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Which IRA?


The good one that rid 2/3 of the country through the letter writing campaign of course not the bad one that shot informers and colluders.
 

off with their heads

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what would we attack these invaders with shotguns? petrol bombs? even then would the quislings/collaborators be shouting no more not in my name.........ect ect:confused:
 

between the bridges

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All the versions of the IRA had one thing in common...they are all cowardly murderers...
 

ruserious

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All the versions of the IRA had one thing in common...they are all cowardly murderers...
Loyalists likewise. But I think that the old IRA had a right under the social contract to revolt against the state. Perhaps the PIRA in the beginning but soon twarted that right. The killing of civilians in any circumstance brings in the terrorist label.
 

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Loyalists likewise. But I think that the old IRA had a right under the social contract to revolt against the state. Perhaps the PIRA in the beginning but soon twarted that right. The killing of civilians in any circumstance brings in the terrorist label.
and of course you extend the same principle to the old UVF...
 

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Loyalists likewise. But I think that the old IRA had a right under the social contract to revolt against the state. Perhaps the PIRA in the beginning but soon twarted that right. The killing of civilians in any circumstance brings in the terrorist label.
Really - I don't hear the media using it in relation to western forces in Iraq, Afghanistan or wherever they happen to be invading?
 

eoghanacht

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All the versions of the IRA had one thing in common...they are all cowardly murderers...
Compared to the British generals that ordered hundreds of thousands of young lads to run at german machine guns or who firebombed dresden or who burnt Cork city centre or or or...........ad on and on
 

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If you're fighting in your own land against an invader can you really be a 'terrorist". If Ireland was invaded again I suspect that most most of us would be inclined toward acts of resistance that would include armed attacks on the invaders. Would we be 'terrorists' or patriots?
And how long is a length of string ? To the Zoo ASAP.
 

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