An interesting snippet from an interview with the Sinn Féin president and Louth TD, Gerry Adams, recorded in July at the Hudson Union Society in New York City. It’s noteworthy for his candid words on the armed resistance of the Irish Republican Army during the three decades of the Long War or so-called Troubles in the British Occupied North of Ireland. These range from legitimate military actions by the insurgents to those operations which were the result of “stupidity on behalf of the IRA“.
(You may need to click through to YouTube to watch the video).
“stupidity” would imply an excuse of ignorance. Callousness, vengeance and outright malice perhaps but nothing men like Adams did was ever borne of mere “stupidity”
In certain actions, some one-off, others repeated over and over, you are correct.
Threatening the Republic was never a smart move.
True, though how real was that threat? Even the most dedicated fighters for a 32 County Socialist Republic in (P)IRA knew that it was more rhetoric than reality if the British withdrew.