For several hundred years the British, in one form or another, have been violently attempting to occupy and annex the island of Ireland or some part of it. In this they have largely failed. For several hundred years the Irish, in one form or another, have been violently resisting that attempted occupation and annexation. In this they have largely succeeded. Rational thought and analyses would suggest that the only proven method to end centuries of endemic warfare between the two neighbouring countries is for Britain to acknowledge its wrongdoing and bring its presence in Ireland to an end. If the British state is the primary cause of the conflict, then the primary solution to resolving the conflict lies in its removal. It might not be the immediate end of the violence but it would certainly be the beginning of the end. Yet we are told that the solution is actually to be found in the acceptance of a deeper, formally recognised occupation and annexation by Britain, if only confined to the north-eastern corner of Ireland. Furthermore, those Irish who inevitably resist that British policy must be defeated through draconian laws, imprisonment and bloodshed, and not just now but in perpetuity. If one definition of madness is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting a different result each time, then Britain’s continued colonial-era appropriation of territory in Ireland is the very definition of insanity.
The question is, why on earth is anyone but the British giving historically irrational and disproved policies, both political and military, any credence whatsoever? And why do some people continue to deny that the so-called “Dissident Republicans” are not just the problem but are the inescapable result of the problem?