Mhairi Black MP, the left-wing political poster-child of the SNP, writing in Scotland’s pro-independence National newspaper, explaining her opposition to Britain’s decision to launch token air strikes against the Islamic State in Syria:
“Can you imagine if we had applied the logic we are applying to Syria to Ireland during the Troubles? If in our attempt to defeat the IRA or the UDA, would we willingly launch a bombing spree on Dublin, or Omagh?”
Would that be the same Ulster Defence Association, or UDA, which was the largest British terrorist organisation in the north-east of Ireland from the early 1970s onwards? The grouping that numbered former and serving members of the UK military and paramilitary forces among its numbers? The terror gang that sourced two-thirds of its arms and explosives directly or indirectly through the UK’s Royal Ulster Constabulary, Armed Forces, Security Service (MI5) and Ministry of Defence? The group that relied on the UK’s RUC Special Branch, successive military intelligence units, MI5, the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) and the eavesdropping GCHQ for four-fifths of its intelligence information? The several hundred-strong network of gunmen and bombers who were able to openly organise, fund, recruit and train in the UK and the British occupied north of Ireland from 1971 until 1992 because the government of Britain refused to ban their movement? Would this be the same legal British terrorist organisation which shot and bombed thousands over the course of twenty-one years, nine-tenths of whom were entirely innocent Irish civilians?
The British attempted to defeat the UDA? The British were the fucking UDA!