Joint footpatrol of British UDA terrorists and British Army soldiers

Terror Breeds Terror

Joint footpatrol of British UDA terrorists and British Army soldiers
Joint footpatrol of British UDA terrorists and British Army soldiers, British Occupied North of Ireland, 1970s

Following on from my brief post criticising the agenda-loaded commentary by certain media-friendly “experts” on matters military and intelligence-related, in particular the claim by the right-wing British security journalist Paul Beaver that in “20 years of fighting PIRA… and Real IRA operatives, not one to my recollection, ever said they had been radicalized as an Irish nationalist terrorist through the activities of the security services“, comes this supporting piece from Ben Hayes at Open Democracy:

“In “Suspect Community: People’s Experience of the Prevention of Terrorism Acts in Britain”, professor Paddy Hillyard produced what remains the world’s most detailed ethnographic study of the impact of repressive laws and state policies on what we now call “radicalisation”. That was 1993. Hillyard, a former chair of the National Council of Civil Liberties (now Liberty), had interviewed more than 100 people of Irish catholic descent and provided unequivocal evidence that their everyday treatment at the hands of the British state had boosted support for Irish republicanism, acted as a recruiting sergeant for the IRA and fuelled “the Troubles”. Of course it wasn’t the only “radicalising” factor: Bloody Sunday, a shoot-to-kill policy and state collusion with Loyalist paramilitaries also played their part. As of course did the violence, propaganda and popularity of organisations like the IRA.”

More here.

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2 comments

  1. From Belfast in the 1970’s.
    British Soldier pins a Belfast man up against the wall spread eagled.
    British Soldier: “Are you in the IRA ?
    Belfast man: “no.”
    British Soldier ” Well hurry up and join..So I can shoot you”.

    I reckon there would be plenty of similar experiences to the one above..Pariticularily in the 1970’s.
    But even in the 1990’s there was a village in Tyrone which was under siege for I think 48 hours by Scottish Soldiers.
    Later on the British army’s own report was critical of their own soldiers.
    In Tony Parkers book ” Soldier, Soldier A book of interviews with British army..A junior officer relates how his unit would try to build bridges with the community..Only for a unit of the Parachute Regiment to take over and wreck it.
    His conclusion” the Paras weren’t suited to that deployment.
    Yet the Brits still sent them anyway.
    Talk about not Caring!!!!!!
    Truly it was the Irish misfortune to be colonised by such idiots…The Brits have even ruined their own Country.

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