Have to disagree, there was (is still ?) a very vicious hate running between the 2 communities, I never, even as a child, blamed the ordinary squaddies, got one for a brother in law who became my best friend to this day, eventually joined the RN myself.I agree with you 100% but no side without blame among the people, I believe the british and irish governments were still massive enemys in the forties, fifties,sixties and seventys and both goverments would not lose face. Do not blame the people for this, its the politicians that held the cards.
But as a kid in Belfast I felt, sometimes literally, the mindless hate directed at me from the orange men because of what i was (or what they supposed i was) & not who i was.
I had no doubt, even as a kid, that they would kill me, preferably slowly, if they could get away with it.