With Britain refusing to grant the people in the North of Ireland a vote for re-unification with the south and Republican armed groups re-arming it seems like violence from the last 800 years in the country could easily reemerge. I have created this thread to explain to many that do not understand the conflict in Ireland how Irish rebels are justified in resisting British rule. First it must be understood in 1919 in then general election the vast majority of this country voted for Sinn Fein, a political party that promised an independent Ireland if elected. Britain seen this once again in Ireland as an act of defiance and in their typical barbaric ways tried to scare, intimate and murder as a means to keep the populous down, Irish being quite a fiery people, this did not work so well as all Britain’s action done was harden the resistance against them and give the IRA all the tools and support it needed to push Britain out.
In the North primarily in four counties the majority of the population there were loyal to Britain and were brought up in a closed environment suspicious of anything Catholic, they were frightened if they lost their privilege of being the ruling class in Ireland that Catholics would treat them the same way they treated the natives, with severe brutality. They organised into a large organisation in which they threatened to attack not only Irish republicans but British forces if Ireland was given independence. Poor Britain getting battered daily by Irish soldiers and threatened by their own loyalists were in a tricky situation, they came up with a compromise that would allow most of Ireland it’s independence but 6 counties were to remain not just under British rule but under their loyalists rule. What then followed is a bitter civil war of brother killing brother, cousin killing cousin etc as Republicans and the IRA refused to accept this deal as it meant not only would the north remain under occupation but the institutions ruling it would persecute Catholics.
So as the years followed and the persecutions of Nationalists followed the people stood up and were sick of the unjust aggression and organised civil rights marches. The marchers were attacked by police and loyalists mobs and loyalists fearing that Nationalists were arising once more decided to organize once more into terror gangs and burn out Nationalists in the thousands in an attempt to force them out of the occupied 6 counties and into the south, helping these loyalists mobs was the British police force who were also joint members of these loyalist gangs. The IRA arose once more but this time to defend Nationalists communities, street gun battles would be a regular occurrence as loyalists attempted to push nationalists out of their homes and shortly after the British army was called in to ease tensions. At first British forces who were meant to bring peace were welcomed by nationalists but shortly after arriving not only did they stand back and allow loyalist mobs to continue with their attacks but they aided them by also attacking the Nationalists communities attempting to disarm and kill IRA volunteers by raiding homes and terrorizing the local populace once more. They introduced internment and over these several years jailed nearly 2000 innocent people whom they suspected of IRA involvement without trial. Britain once again was behaving like it’s usual barbaric self and the IRA gaining large scale support and finance decided that it needed to end the war by moving from defending Nationalist areas to launching a offensive campaign to remove British forces. Over the next 30 years there was a large scale conflict between Irish and British forces. The IRA were heavily vilified in by BRITISH media for their attacks against Britain, the British were heavily vilified by the entire world including many of their own people for continuing the occupation and conflict of Ireland for imperialist means. The result of the British occupation of Ireland was the deaths and persecution of millions of people, the result of the IRA and independence was the establishment of a New nation free from tyranny in which it’s people could thrive. There can NEVER be justification for imperialism in this day and age and Ireland must be reunited for peace to flourish.
I will add however that while many IRA attacks were unjust the VAST majority of it’s attacks were against British security forces however British forces killed more innocent civilians than IRA volunteers