I was at a loose end in Dublin recently, and decided to wander round the key sites of the 1916 Rising. It got me to thinking, what was the point? Home Rule had been promised for after the War, so why fight in 1916, without overwhelming popular support? Furthermore, the various rebellions in the 18th and 19th centuries hadn't won enough popular support to gain independence, either. IRA campaigns through to the present day didn't result in the unification of Ireland, and haven't yet. SF can point to their democratic mandate, but that's votes won, not bodies buried. They may achieve control of the North through demographics, but again, that's not a direct result of how many British soldiers they've killed. From an English point of view, I would even contest that this violence achieved an atmosphere in which their demands were taken seriously. Unionist violence, or the threat of it, well that's a different story, I would submit. I don't live there, and my friends and colleagues don't discuss this with any kind of ease, so I'm looking for informed opinion in the anonymity of the internet.