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

Asked by: luke23
  • It was bad

    Unjust and they should not have done those bad things. YOu cant do things like that and think it is okay. There is a limit to how much you can do and these guys went way past the boundries of what is right and wrong or even just. They need to stop.

  • All about the gold

    Vast amounts of gold deposits underground in northern Ireland but they have only recently worked out a way of extracting it. Hence the bombs, gave the british a reason to support the invasion. I dont blame a lot of irish for the fighting and suspect not all bombs were down to them.

  • English has done the same

    Back in World War 1 and 2 the people England bombed and raided Germany so if that is justified why are the Irish bombings not justified for they were at war in that time as well as the English. Also the British soldiers sent to Ireland were abusing the Irish women over there

  • The IRA are not terrorists

    The IRA are freedom fighters, not terrorists, if someone invaded your home country & you fight the intruder to protect yourself, your family & your country. You are not a terrorist. The British should not of invaded Ireland. Ireland is home to the Irish not British. All though The IRA has committed awful atrocities it's nothing in comparison to the atrocities committed by the British and what they did to the Irish, How cruelly they were treated. But 2 wrongs do no make a right but in war nothing is fair & innocent people do get hurt but The Brits should not have been there in the first place & they should not be there now. The British government should withdraw & give Ireland back to the IRISH. Move all the Ulster British wannabees who want to be English so bad to England & free Ireland.

  • 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 .

  • 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.

  • War of Un-Justified Hatred

    I do recognize that the British crown oppressed its subjects much through the span of Ireland's history as a subject of the crown.
    However, The Irish Republican Army during the Troubles was fighting an unjustified war of hatred based on old un-relevant history. When the English established the Anglo-Irish Treaty thus freeing the Republic of Ireland as a sovereign nation and withholding Northern Ireland as a crown subject seeing as the Ulstermen were loyal to the crown there was an uproar from a new radical faction: The IRA. The IRA disagreed with the treaty and demanded all 32 counties of Ireland. The Irish that were willing to work with the treaty and the IRA battled out their differences in the Irish Civil War, Resulting in an IRA defeat; yet after the conflict Ireland still bore a IRA supporting president. After the early era of Irish independence followed the part where the IRA's actions become out of hatred rather than justified reasoning. The IRA promptly after their loss regathered as a smaller group and began doing car and nail bomb attacks in the British mainland, And because these devices were clumsily planned and made they almost always ended up murdering bystanders completely unrelated to the IRA's struggle. These acts of blatant terrorism already disprove the IRA's actions moving into the later half of the 20th century. Then in the 60s emerged the Free Derry Crisis in which IRA aggressors once more re-flamed the nearly 40 year old conflict arming themselves with smuggled Libyan Armalites and taking their evil violence once more to the English, Battling against the will of the very people they were trying to incorporate into their Ireland. In fact, During 'The Troubles' Northern Irishmen formed counter-terrorism organizations to battle against the IRA. If that doesn't disprove the IRA's actions in the Troubles than obviously you're supporting a radical terrorist movement of the same vein of Al Qaeda of the Taliban yet very obscure compared to those.

  • It was bad

    Unjust and they should not have done those bad things. YOu cant do things like that and think it is okay. There is a limit to how much you can do and these guys went way past the boundries of what is right and wrong or even just. They need to stop.

  • It was bad

    Unjust and they should not have done those bad things. YOu cant do things like that and think it is okay. There is a limit to how much you can do and these guys went way past the boundries of what is right and wrong or even just. They need to stop.

  • It was bad

    Unjust and they should not have done those bad things. YOu cant do things like that and think it is okay. There is a limit to how much you can do and these guys went way past the boundries of what is right and wrong or even just. They need to stop.

  • No justification EVER for civilian targets

    Economic targets fair enough, putting bombs in pubs is completely unforgivable and merely "tit for tat" and by such actions the PIRA lost support..... Also what their supporters conveniently forget is the protection rackets, extortion, blackmail, drug baroning etc. maybe some people think their funds came merely from collection tins passed around the pubs of Kilburn and Cricklewood? There are even rumours that they worked in cahoots with the UDA on the protection and split the profits though I must admit I find that idea a little far fetched...... In short the actions of the Original IRA during the War Of Independence were fair enough, but NOT those of the PIRA in the 70s/80s

  • 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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