posted on Aug, 1 2007 @ 04:34 PM
As your British you obviously lived on the other side of the situation, keeping an open mind about the entire situation would help perhaps, you see
the IRA simply as ruthless murderers who had the only goal of killing innocent people for the sake of killing without a goal or agenda.
I know in this new cuddly lets all be friends world where we are all supposed to forget differences and past wrongs and dance around camp fires
singing happy songs but..
That's just not reality, never has been, never will be. All generations push for peace, often they fight for peace, but in war 2 peoples can fight
one another for the common goal of peace.. while ones peace may be another's suffering and the latter's peace an agitation and disruption to the
harmony they wrought to control.. the quest for individual peace for a people can never be talked down as if you some how stand on higher ground,
above the problem, because often the one oblivious to the damage wrought upon other by their own governments foundations are the ones the inflict the
most damage by not witnessing the expressions hidden in the objective motives of the ones opposed to what you may assume is your own way of life...
And since you bring America into this, for Lord only knows what reason, I suppose because I am American, and thus being an American I should be
assumed by you to be woefully ignorant in the affairs of another nation. Yes, stereotypes run deep all over the world, dare I assume I should omitted
America being attacked on 9/11 (forget conspiracies for the time being please) .. was America's fault.. that cannot be ignored at all. Is the death
of over 3,000 people, innocent in their offices a horrible crime? Hell, of course it is.. should it be declared evil? Sure, war is evil.. it is evil
in nature, if it where not it would not exist, as war is a disturbance in the equilibrium of life that we call "peace" ..
But can America assume that this attack was for the sake that the "terrorist" did not like democracy? That they did not like our women walking
around without veils? That we are a open liberalized society? That we are Christian? ... common.. Do not assume I nor .. well.. hopefully, that the
majority of Americans with an once of common sense .. that terrorist attacked us for those reasons...
But they did attack us for our way of life.. our way.. of oppressing people, of standing on the backs and necks of others to progress our own way of
living, so that we can have xxl sized cars while they ride bikes to work, while we sap their own natural resources to burn in our planes, in our cars,
in our tanks that destroy their homes.. it cannot be assumed that they over looked all of the devastation, the exploitation, the corruption, the
arming of despots and the destruction of their cultures to attack us for being democratic with scantly clad women. No. The meaning for wars, to
cause men to devote them selves to mutual destruction .. to die in a dusty street .. the meanings are always deeper, and rarely seen from the opposing
point of view. The ignorance of people to assume others are out to get them for the sake of causing turmoil for glee or fun or amusements, some sick
obsession with destruction has been a plague through history, and as a result the stronger cultures consistently repeat the same problems, with
redundant acts that break the backs of smaller cultures, people who live oppressed with nothing but hate to continue on. If only people saw what we
do to others, what we all do.. what America does to 3rd world nations around the world.. what Russia did to the Soviet Bloc, what Israel does to
Palestine, what Britain does to Ireland, well maybe we could finally reach a state of peace you so ignorantly think we currently have.
This all fits to nearly every nation that wields power, be it military, economic, a combination, or even cultural power.. the US being an example,
McDonald's popping up in every city around the world it seems..
The Brits are occupants of Ireland, the Island is not theirs, it is the Irish, and for centuries the Brits have suppressed the Irish, countless
atrocities occurred over this timespan, countless, from inflicted famines, suppression by totalitarian kings, the list is extensive, North Ireland is
apart of the Island, originally Irish occupied by people from the isle of Britain they claim the lands for them selves.. the Irish nationalist want
their land back, a perfectly natural claim that cannot be denied by anyone .. except Brits for the reasons listed above....
The methods used by the IRA where crude, where deadly and terroristic in nature.. which was the entire goal in the first place. There are no rules in
war, and quite frankly civilians are legit targets in wars. Even in the US, they hit the towers, as terrible as it was, it was a legit target, a
rational realist cannot deny that. When an army as the suppressive ability to lay down rows of men before they can even get within range to inflict
damage back, what the hell do you expect these suppressed people to do? .. Use any means nessecary, a natural and common human process of taking what
they can and doing what they can because there is no other alternative..
In the ME they do the same, they bomb the civilians, they lay bombs on roads, they use the media, they use scare tactics they mutilate, destroy,
shoot, bomb, cut they do what ever the hell they can possibly do to fight back! .. Its legit, its expected, and if they laid down and took the raping
then there would be no boundaries for the oppressive regimes of the world like the US, like Britain, as was the Soviet Union, Germany, Italy, Japan,
hell, Rome, Greece, they all fit here.. history repeated in the newest ways.
If your mad civilians died, and if you know someone who died, I am terribly sorry, but god damnit, ask your self man .. why would they do it.. what
the hell pushed them so far as to do what ever they could, no matter how barbaric...... and often it comes right back to your self..
I do not encourage war, and I do not encourage terrorism, and I do not agree with the way the IRA handled things.. but I will never assume they
murdered without a cause.