Mudcat Café message #2584563 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #119234   Message #2584563
Posted By: Richard Bridge
09-Mar-09 - 08:34 AM
Thread Name: BS: True IRA ?? Who are they ?
Subject: RE: BS: True IRA ?? Who are they ?
Much as I object to any type of IRA or other terrorist activity, occupying military forces are a legitimate target, as the German army was the legitimate target of the resistance.

But I resist the suggestion that the British Army is in fact an occupying army, since in my view transfer of political legitimacy from the original political structure some time round about Cromwell-ish, thus rendering the proper political authority the UK government, legitimately using armed force against unlawful uprising. I can however see the other point of view in that respect.

The IRA (etc etc etc, and the other side) practice of killing those who were not combatants cannot however be legitimated.