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16-03-2020, 14:03   #46
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Going to ask for a reference for that. The wiki ref isn't available to view

Yes it is.
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But whats your point?

The IRA was also connected to Qaddafi's Libya, and they recieved much more weapons from the Middle East, from Libya, Lebanon & the PLO, but the IRA was never intending to set-up an Islamic Republic of Ireland.
Just like they weren't intending to set-up a Capitalist Republic on Steriods after gaining large amounts of M1 Carbines, AR-15's, M-16's, AR-18's & M60's from close connections to Irish-American gun-runners.
Just like they were not intending to create a Irish Colony for the German Empire after they gained about 1,000 rifles & some pistols from Germany in preperation for the Easter Rising.
Just like they were not intending on creating a Nazi or Fascist Ireland because of a link to Nazi Germany in the 1930's that did not result in the IRA been given any sort of arsenal of weapons. It was probably one of the weakest links the IRA had in the in the 20th century, they even recieved more weapons from links in Belgium, Norway & Holland.
The problem is what they didn't do ....goes for Valera as well.
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16-03-2020, 14:42   #48
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Yes it is.
No it's not, when you go to the actual reference linked you cannot view the page that is relevant
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The problem is what they didn't do ....goes for Valera as well.
What they didn't buy enough guns and bombs? Maybe they should have invested in a airforce and navy?
You mean Dev not going to London?
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The likes of De Valera and the IRA at that time makes me ashamed of my Irish ancestry....De Valera may have ensured a tiny legislative niche for Jews in Ireland but the overall neutrality policy was abhorrent.

As they would say in Ireland at that time "Who is it that we will be neutral against this year? ".
Ireland would have been a hazard to the allies, just like Itayl was a headache for the Germans having to save them in Greece, "the soft underbelly".
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Ireland would have been a hazard to the allies, just like Itayl was a headache for the Germans having to save them in Greece, "the soft underbelly".
Nazi Germany should have invaded Cobh. They would have got free access to a strategic harbour to the west of Britain. There was one bridge into it and they could easily have taken positions around Roches Point / Whitegate and Currabinny.
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