Criminals? What? Us?

For years, literally decades, the British vigorously pursued a strategy of criminalisation, and strove to brand all Republican opponents of British rule, especially members of Sinn Féin or the Provisional IRA, as \”criminals\”.

Pesky Brits, insisting that those who shoot, bomb, main, kneecap, are \”criminals\”.

Even the argument that they were all freedom fighters not criminals doesn\’t work: for you\’re only a freedom fighter if you win. As Geo. Washington would have found out if he\’d lost, as the Stern Gang would have done, as William Wallace did find out.

Lovely comment though:

Nah, this is a fish reporting live from his very own barrel. Prepare the shotguns.

7 thoughts on “Criminals? What? Us?”

  1. Why is the Grauniad publishing this loon’s threats?

    “What events are making increasingly clear is that the number, influence and import of those Republicans who are disillusioned with Stormont will continue to grow. Those who pretend these Republicans are unimportant, dismiss them as criminals, ignore them or expect Sinn Féin to control them, have badly miscalculated.”

  2. The Grauniad has form in this area. I remember about 7-8 years ago they used to publish the columns of former, but seemingly unreformed, terrorist republican Danny Morrison.

  3. The IRA were terrorists and not freedom fighters because they had access to democracy and the ability to change peoples minds through debate and the system by winning votes.

    The ANC (MK) were freedom fighters because they were denied the vote.

    Those who used to equate the two were idiots, and dangerous ones at that.

  4. *ahem*

    George Washington’s primary modus operandi was to capture Redcoats in battle, parole them out to farms far from the front lines, and entice them to desert. More redcoats were taken hors-de-combat in this way than were killed.

    Means count, the IRA and Mr. Worstall notwithstanding.

  5. So Much For Subtlety

    Omri – “George Washington’s primary modus operandi was to capture Redcoats in battle, parole them out to farms far from the front lines, and entice them to desert. More redcoats were taken hors-de-combat in this way than were killed.”

    Really? There is an old copper mine in, I think, Pennsylvania where British soldiers were kept. Simply dumped down the mine and left in their own shit. A high death rate you will not be surprised to learn.

    The American Revolutionaries brought the world the lynching of civilians who supported the legitimate government, the mass murder of people who simply did not support the path of Revolution and ethnic cleansing. They were the forerunners of groups like the FLN in Algeria and the NLF in Vietnam whose main victims were local civilians.

  6. The Crown saw the conflict as a rebellion, and Washington’s soldiers as rebels, and treated them accordingly. Washington saw it as an international conflict, and treated the redcoats as prisoners of war.

    The Simsbury mine was used for American born Tories, not redcoats.

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