UK police arrest man over IRA bombings of pubs in 1974

UK police arrest man over IRA bombings of pubs in 1974

Police have arrested a man in Northern Ireland in connection with the 1974 bombings of two pubs that killed 21 people and injured more than 200 in Birmingham, England
By PAN PYLAS Associated Press
November 18, 202

LONDON – Police arrested a man Wednesday in Northern Ireland in connection with the 1974 bombings of two pubs that killed 21 people and injured more than 200 in Birmingham, England.

West Midlands Police said officers from the West Midlands counterterrorism unit, working with colleagues from the Police Service of Northern Ireland, arrested a 65-year-old man at his home in Belfast. The man was arrested under the U.K.'s Terrorism Act, and his home was being searched, it added.

The arrest came days before the 46th anniversary of the two Nov. 21, 1974 blasts that ripped apart the Mulberry Bush and Tavern in the Town pubs in the city of Birmingham.

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Well only 46 years later and numerous dubious arrests and the imprisonment of people on shaky evidence for many years. Let’s see if the evidence is a bit more sound this time shall we?

Birmingham Six - Wikipedia

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My mother lost a cousin in that bombing.

Which I am saddened to learn, an ill calculated and stupid operation by Volunteers which put civilians at high risk.

I won’t pretend to be very educated on the subject, but like most modern conflicts civilians are easier targets that get the most bang for the buck so to speak.

Kill a handful of soldiers and people will be upset but harden the resolve to fight. Kill a bunch of civilians and people are more likely to give in to demand. Shame leadership of these groups sanctions killing of civilians.

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Generally the IRA tended to prefer to not create huge civilian casualties. For purely pragmatic reasons, it lost them a lot of support back home in the north and those who would with some reservations support physical force in the republic or the Irish disapora tended to be turned off by it.

Unfortunately killing of civilians occurs in all wars and no side would emerge with their hands clean in that regard if you looked at the history of the most recent Troubles.

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This is a reasonably good set of resources maintained by the University of Ulster that present perspectives from a variety of points of views:-

https://cain.ulster.ac.uk

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