1. The only time Ireland has been unified is under British rule, so "re-unification" has implications the Irish may not like.There is a massive majority in favour of re-unification in the ROI.
Most of them haven't even thought about the practicalities of defence, fisheries, customs etc.
Why not return to your roots and do some research on this interesting topic.
Don't hurry your research.
ConsiderYou will have to expand (accurately) on the Klan analogy – because it just makes you look like a foolish extremist, on this reading.
you win an insurgency when you force the Occupying power to impliment measures that stop the passive majority sitting on the sidelines.The ADRIC together with increased intelligence and a surge by the Army forced Michael Collins and the IRA to the negiotating table. Still why let facts get in the way of myths.
I have never understood all this fuss about what will happen to the border after Brexit.I've skipped through several pages of this dirge just to give my own specul opinion. As an Englishman who lives along the boarder the way it is at the moment is ace for everyone except the poor English who pay for our utopia and don't know it. Cross boarder trade is cross boarder trade. No one is going to interfere. I got a fifteen quid parcel from Japan this morning and no one was bothered. Ditto I get a pile of silage wrap from the state. I suspect the same will happen in Rossendale, or Rannoch moor post FREEEEDOOM. If anyone is in doubt look at British trade during the Hundred years war. Buyer collects.
Chin Peng, in his autobiography - the other side of history, hated Templer saying that he was a brutal thug, and as far as he was concerned it was the Briggs plan that led to the faiure of his campaign and not anything Templer did.Thread drift//
Where they developed a fearsome reputation, because of their brutal methods. The last Inspector General of Police in Palestine was a former Royal Marine colonel, a William Nicholl Gray, who then went to Malaya and tried similar brutal methods, with no success. Templer sacked him in 1952, with Montgomery commenting 'Never trust a man who has spent more than two years on the Equator". Templer pioneered the 'Hearts and Minds' approach (devised by his DOps predecessor Harold Briggs). The term was used in the eponymous plan, and drawn from the UN Universal Declaration.
Who said that Shrivenham was a waste of time, eh?
Before 1922 a lot of British battalions when they finished their seven years in India would go straight to Ireland. The Curragh was the Aldershot or the Tidworth of Ireland. A lot of the barrack blocks in the Curragh look like the ones in Tidworth.I recall the Bishop of Derry once saying that the officers he spoke to in the early part of Op Banner knew more about India than they did about Ireland. I suspect that today that would be very different........they would know more about Afghanistan.
RTE did a documentary in 1927 called 'The Killing at Coolacrease about an attack on the farmhouse of the Protestant Pearson familly by a gang of 30 IRA men on 30 June 1921 in Co Offaly. The heros from the IRA shot two of the sons by firing squad in front of the family. It took the two sons 12 -14 hours to bleed to death.I don't think they had a choice.
by Professor Arthur Noble The Irish were not the original inhabitants of Northern Ireland, St Patrick was not Irish, the original Irish Christianity was not Roman Catholic and the biggest ethnic cleanfreenations.net
"Within three or four years 146,000 Protestants had to flee from the new Irish State. Many more were murdered before they could manage to escape. There were 30 Orange Lodges in the city of Dublin, four District Lodges, a City Grand Lodge, Trinity College Grand Lodge, and seven Preceptories. Within a few months not a single one of them had survived."
"The real facts reveal more than 75 years of systematic ethnic cleansing. In 1989 the influential Dublin magazine Magill printed figures showing that between the census of 1911 – the last to precede the Treaty – and 1981, the Protestant population of the 26 Counties of Southern Ireland fell by 63%. The drop until 1989 it estimated at 68%.
The causes of this dramatic decrease – from 10% in 1911 to 3.4% in 1981 and about 2.5% by the late 1980s – were listed as “alienation from the ethos of the State, emigration, and, over latter decades, mixed marriages”. The Roman Catholic Church’s decree, backed by the Courts, that children in mixed marriages must be brought up as Roman Catholics, created “social and cultural apartheid” which “more often than not, heralded the end of the line for Protestant families”.(6) The single biggest drop in Protestant numbers occurred between 1911 and 1926, when a third of the Protestant population left the State following widespread intimidation and the burning of their properties."
Templer Implemented the Briggs Plan and made the government response more 'joined up'. He also placed a much greater emphasis on the role of intelligence and championed the (very successful) role of psychological warfare.Chin Peng, in his autobiography - the other side of history, hated Templer saying that he was a brutal thug, and as far as he was concerned it was the Briggs plan that led to the faiure of his campaign and not anything Templer did.
Well obviously he was a communist.Templer Implemented the Briggs Plan and made the government response more 'joined up'. He also placed a much greater emphasis on the role of intelligence and championed the (very successful) role of psychological warfare.
Chin Peng"s ghost written biography is full of omissions (if that isn't contradictory) and skips over his own brutality - especially on his approach to Party discipline.
Malay Special Branch officers served in an advisory role as part of Robeet Thomson's mission in Saigon. The Americans developed the strategic hamlet idea as a direct read-accross from the New Villages of the Briggs Plan.Robert Thompson offered them assistance in Vietnam an the effed him off............that went well.
Are you seriously going to say that the Provisonal IRA, Official IRA and the INLA never had the vast support and backing of the community's they came from?By virtue of having a house in or around a catholic area made you a PIRA supporter?
I read it twice to see where riding horses while wearing pillowcases (with eyesockets cut out) over their heads, burning/whipping people, tying them to the back bumpers of vehicles and towing them around fitted into Ulster – nope.Consider
UlsterAlabama in the 1960s - education is segregated, housing is segregated, employment is segregated, the Property FranchiseJim Crow laws are in effect, and a majority of the population have succeeded in capturing the government - where necessary, by gerrymandering. Few CatholicBlack politicians find election possible, and they are unable to pass any law to change the status quo.
There is an organisation which is exclusively
Protestantwhite called the Orange LodgeKlu Klux Klan; which operates to maintain the Protestantwhite supremacy, and opposes Civil Rights for CatholicsBlacks.
Protestantwhite supremacist organisation claims that their Orange WalksCross burnings are "traditional" and "culturally important", and deny any claim that they are triumphalist or intended to intimidate the CatholicBlack population by travelling through or alongside CatholicBlack housing areas.
Protestantwhite supremacist organisation also claims that their belief in their own superiority is supported by the Bible, this from the pulpit of churches whose preachers openly support them. They make great claims about what dedicated Christians they are, and that they merely oppose the ungodly force of Catholiccommunist ideology.
Protestantwhite supremacists aren't just senior politicians such as the Prime Minister of Northern IrelandGovernor of Alabama, but are also widely represented within law enforcement (rather like Billy McCaugheyJim Clark); such that legitimate protest at the status quo is met by Police beatings, such as at Burntollet BridgeMontgomery.
Hopefully not too foolishly extreme?
Not vast in my mixed town e.g appearance at funerals - for the tv footage - knowing there would be hassle if you didn’t, was reluctantAre you seriously going to say that the Provisonal IRA, Official IRA and the INLA never had the vast support and backing of the community's they came from?
The UDA and the UVF never had it to quite the same effect, because our community had the UDR and the RUC to join to defend their community's and country.
In mainly Nationalist area's, it's my belief that they would've had the vast majority of the community on their side.Not vast in my mixed town e.g appearance at funerals - for the tv footage - knowing there would be hassle if you didn’t, was reluctant