To quote one of the "Agents" in the film - "It was a very confused situation". And it was. I wouldn't recommend anything to read, because I don't know who wrote it and what their agenda might be. For instance I might recommend "Bandit Country", a glorification of the "IRA" in South Armagh...but who wrote it? Both governments had a hand in it for sure!Flabbergasted wrote:I am a complete ignoramus on this subject, but it sounds like a rich vein to mine. How does one get an overall picture of the "conflict" more or less within your perspective? Any suggested reading?brianv wrote:I knew people involved, I knew a lot of people involved, and I assure you it was nothing of the sort! Believe it or not, it was quite the opposite. Anti-Social behaviour was unheard of...
The British army did not come to Northern Ireland to combat the IRA - it didn't exist! They came to protect the Catholic families being burnt out of their houses by Protestant mobs. A mild case of "Ethnic Cleansing". As a boy, I witnessed the bus loads of people escaping south from it all. A lot of people sought refuge in the South, most have stayed. So where did the mostly "Catholic" "Provisional IRA" come from? What brought about the conditions that spawned the "IRA"? How did it become the "IRA" versus, not just the British soldiers, but the entire British Empire? My own thoughts point to both governments working hand in hand to inflame at every turn. No effort was spared. You remember I said - "it felt like an experiment"?
Your best course would be to examine all the News Reports, starting around 1967/68, and take from it what you may - now that you are wiser to the ways of the world.
For instance "The IRA" whacked a certain Richard Sykes, British Ambassador to the Netherlands coming out of his residence with his 17 year old Dutch ahem footman/valet/rentboy. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assassinat ... iplomat%29
A spot of "cleaning house" with the patsies taking the credit? The "IRA" winning by a short nose, in second place is the "Palestinians", and last but not least - the "Iraqis". Jeux sans frontières. OR...perhaps it was an entirely fabricated event to stymie the substantial support the "IRA" enjoyed in Holland.
While busy trying to liberate Ireland from the hands of the British they also found time to kidnap a racehorse - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shergar
Imagine the Insurance scam on that fucker! Not to mention that Her Royal Actress's Tax Free Stud farm is just around the corner! Imagine that!