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Was the Provisional IRA justified in its actions during The Troubles?

Asked by: luke23
  • Oppression- Talking failed so violence prevailed

    Margaret Thatcher wouldn't listen to people. She was completely psychotic. Housing, high positions and schooling all favoured the protestants. The IRA were fighting for fairness, equality and a socialist state. What's so wrong with that? They tried talking but she wouldn't listen. They protested, no change. It was the last ditch thing to do. We don't criticise her for the Falklands. So why for Ireland? Same old pointless imperialist Thatcherism.

  • War of Liberation

    The British oppressed and pressed their heel down on the Irish people. The British, just as everywhere else, was not going to allow a colony to just leave. The only way to free themselves, just as in 1916 was by force of arms. If the IRA had not taken up arms nobody would have stood up for the Irish people in Ulster and they would have continued to be oppressed.

  • War of Liberation

    The British oppressed and pressed their heel down on the Irish people. The British, just as everywhere else, was not going to allow a colony to just leave. The only way to free themselves, just as in 1916 was by force of arms. If the IRA had not taken up arms nobody would have stood up for the Irish people in Ulster and they would have continued to be oppressed.

  • It's their country

    I think what you have to remember is that Ireland was once one country and the British came in, invaded and then kept part of Ireland. Most of this is played down by the media, the IRA's tactics were sometimes unacceptable but their cause was no different to any other country trying to regain sovereignty

  • Its clear violence

    The argument which I present are legal backings such as Belfast agreement and Mitchell principles the IRA agrees them but the RIRA does not . Agreed that IRA was for cause but the present RIRA stands only for violence distress and disparity. Beat me in this debate if anyone can I challenge you

  • Of course it was justified

    Would the people of england call the acts of the british army justifiable? They killed more innocents around the world than the ira ever did but they are paraded as heroes! How would the english like it if ireland had occupied their country for hundreds of years and discriminated agaisnt them? P.I.R.A freedom fighters against british army terrorists who collided with sectarian death squads .

  • Of course it was

    Yes the british were savages during that war. When injustice becomes law, rebellion becomes duty. The british raped, stole and killed. The IRA had to defend their people. The IRA had a lot less resources than the british army. History is written by the victor. The british army were much more evil than the IRA

  • Their cause was justifiable

    I'm not supporting violence or 'terrorism', but I 100% supported the cause. Let's not forget the oppressive British and how without the IRA, the innocent people in Ireland wouldn't have had any defence against the Black and Tans, and the UVF etc. There's no denying that throughout the 20th century, some of the tactics used by the IRA were awful and unnecessary, however they believed they were fighting a war for freedom; who else were standing up for the Paddies? Let's not forget the actions of the British army in Derry '72, I'm sure there'd be some sort of aggressive retaliation if that happened in a peaceful protest in Britain. My Great Grandparents were forced from their homes by the Black and Tans, and treated (need I say it) disgustingly. The Catholics and Republicans in Ireland needed some sort of defence; people forget how horrible us Brits were.

  • Up the ra

    If Bloody Sunday in 1969 had not happened and the Brits had not opened fire on innocent civil rights protesters the general Catholic population would not have supported the IRA. But the Brits forced it to happen it proved to the people of Nth Ireland that they would either have to accept draconian stratification, legislated by discriminatory law or stand and fight. Accept no longer the burnouts (Protestant paramilitary, set fire to a house with a Catholic family inside, who have to choose between chancing the angry mob outside and possibly beat to death, or burn to death.) and blatant sectarian violence that was rarely punished . The IRA stuck mainly to targets of Government importance not the general public and for most of the troubles they made warning calls for bombs. Usually owned up to their bombings and attacks.

  • They would not stop!!

    England from in the begging invaded and treat the Irish like animals and invaded them. No the second time Ireland was being pushed around by north Ireland controlled by Ireland. Once they would not stop and kept on pushing them around and lives where lost by England too. They where just defending their country.

  • The methods used by the IRA were cowardly and despicable.

    They have the blood stain of innocent civilians. 621 casualties were civilians in the Troubles up to 2001 according to Wikipedia. Many of them were victims of cowardly car bombings. The IRA is a proscribed organisation in the UK under the Terrorism Act 2000 and an unlawful organisation in the Republic of Ireland for it's use of explosives and assassinations.

    Peaceful democracy and politics is the key to moving forward in this day of age. Not extremism, violence and terrorism. Nothing is worth enough to do that.

  • Fat barks style

    Fat barks style A very large dildo, usually black and sometimes spiked, fired from a RPG towards an enemy's anus.
    Guy 1: Have you seen the new porn coming out of the middle-east?
    Guy 2: Yeah, they are always giving someone a Syrian Torpedo. Yes I suppose so you queer boy


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