Originally Posted by jm08
I have lived through the Troubles, so I'm not learning from history clips. I saw it on tv screens every night of the week.
The IRA were a fairly harmless outfit up to 1970. The Battle of the Bogside changed all that.
Then you are the same as me. The I Ran Away is quite documented even with interviews of alleged IRA men at the time.
As you know the troubles started before 1969 and it was 1969 when it got so bad that the troops were sent there for Catholics protection. You mention 1970 that was almost one year later.
Also as you will know. 'Terrorism' was the new thing then that no governments had any knowledge of and little ways of dealing with. The PLO and all the others were hijacking planes etc.
Together with that you had nut cases like Idi Amin and Colonel Gadaffi who hated Britain and the west and were only too pleased to supply anyone who said they were against them with anything they wanted. Then the PLO trained them in the desert.
It was a situation which was going to explode and the rest is history.
Over 3500 deaths and more maimed and whole families and communities destroyed.
None of it was an 'Invading' army. It was down to a whole lot of circumstances all coming together at that time.
You can try and blame who you want. All parties on all sides were just reacting to what was going on around them and 'others' were only too pleased to stoke the fires.