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Thread #119234   Message #2587154
Posted By: Big Mick
12-Mar-09 - 10:02 AM
Thread Name: BS: True IRA ?? Who are they ?
Subject: RE: BS: True IRA ?? Who are they ?
Let me step in, even though I do not live in the North. But you all know where my sympathies lie. It is my opinion the body of evidence is clear as to the oppression, theft of land, and imposition of their laws by the British in Ireland, as well as the outright discrimination in employment and education against the Catholic Irish. I believe that the armed struggle was a legitimate one, as well as the guerilla tactics against that oppressor that had superior firepower. The North OF Ireland is just that.

Having said that, it is clear that the people that live there have spoken with a very loud voice. They seek to move from the armed struggle to a political struggle. They have chosen to move from armed camps to political camps to express their chosen points of view. This has always been about those same people. It has always been about them righting ancient wrongs, and that has been a fight that they have never given up on. They have simply moved to another arena. The will of the people is what makes the difference, IMO. They supported the IRA, PIRA in the struggle. Now they support the ballot box and peace.

I think if you go back in other threads about this process, you will find that I said somewhere that the road to a lasting peace will have rough spots. There are fighters out there, on both sides, for whom there has always been the fight, and that is who they are. They may not realize it but peace threatens who they are. Some will get by that, and some will not. A struggle that is cultural and generations old, will take time to end.