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"First. Can you please use the vowels on the keyboard as appropriate? It will make you post much easier to read. For example, when I read irq, I thought it was a typo for IRA, but then that didn't make sense."

Foolish - I didn't leave out vowels because I can't spell - I left them out because of my location, which is slap bang in the middle of the current crisis. Sometimes it's hard for me to be as explicit as I would like to be.

"Of course, looking at it in historical context instead of through the eyes of propaganda, you can easily see that the similarities are superficial, at best."

Hmmm - not sure I agre with you on this - what "historical context" are you referring to? In the eighties SOME americans were donating money to the IRA, who used it to blow people up. FACT. Presumbably they did this because they thought that the military campaign being waged by the IRA was a just one. In the current situation some people are donating money to the arb version of NORAID. Presumably they are doing this because they also think that they are waging a justified campaign against colonial oppression. One person's propoganda is another person's truth. The similarities seem to me to be a lot more than merely superficial. It is a question of perspective.

The Brit gov has a lot of experience in dealing with terrorsm and it ain't an easy road to hoe. They got used to being portrayed as the big bad guy while their security services were shovelling up body parts from shopping malls and pubs. The Hollywood version of Northern Ireland? I remember sitting through The Devil's Own and watching as Brad Pitt portrayed an IRA man as a misty eyed poet, full of passion and sensitivity. It made me want to puke. My point is that in the current situation you guys have copped the role of brutal colonial oppressor, formerly played by a poe faced Brit. That's a PR bummer.
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