Northern Ireland Crisis

Northern Ireland has been the scene of political violence for many years. The region is currently a province of the United Kingdom, while the rest of the island of Ireland is a republic that gained its independence from Britain in 1921. Since that time, several unofficial military organizations, including the Irish Republican Army (IRA), have continued to fight for British withdrawal from Northern Ireland. Other "paramilitaries" loyal to the United Kingdom have fought back. Between 1966 and 1999, more than 3,600 people were killed and nearly 36,000 injured. Most of the victims were innocent civilians caught in bombings and other acts of violence in Ireland and England.

I believe that the violence was justifiable. If Ireland and North Ireland are recognized as distinctly different areas, N. I. has the right to fight for their independence, having no repercussions on anyone but themselves.

I think it was acceptable, because 36000 people were injured. Injured, not killed. When Bloody Sunday took place, 14 innocent people dies for what they thought was right. Is that any different from places like Ferguson and Baltimore?

I think if "most of the 3600 people who died were innocent civilians," then when a civilian is killed, if the state doesn't respond by setting a state of alarm, the citizens will. If they form a militia, they can legally respond with violence against oppressors.

For the paramilitaries to start with the violence, i have this question. Is it wrong if someone does what they think is right? If people are killed, it is. When Innocents are killed, killing is one of the most humane options.

The force was acceptable. This of this. If someone shoots you what are you most likely to do. Fight back? Run? The protesters chose to run, and got shot in the back in return- for avoiding conflict. Is that ok?

The paramilitaries chose to kill innocent civilians, even some with bombs. How is that any different from terrorism?