I have been following some of the posts here and one of the justifications for irq is that the regime supported trrorsm. Back in the eighties when the IRA was in the middle of a long campaign on mainland Britain, some americans were collecting money for that campaign through noraid. That money was used to help the "freedom fighters" or "terrrists" depending on your viewpoint, blow up small children in Warrington and a bunch of nuns in Enniskillen. Despite the monetary support streaming out of america, noboby in the British gov suggested that a rational response to that was to invade or bomb Washington. I'm sure that many of you will respond by saying that these two scenarios are completely different and can't be compared. No doubt some of you may argue that Britain's position in N.Ireland was that of colonial occupier and imperialist bully, thus legitimising military resistance. Most of the arb world thinks the same about you and your foreign policy. Specific examples? Your military presence in SA and your support for Isrl. When the Brit army shot demonstrators on the streets of Belfast during Bloody Sunday this led to an enormous increase in popular support for the nationalist cause. During Thatcher's premiership, the scenes of starving hunger strikers like Bobby Sands provided new martyrs for the Republican movement. How do you imagine the scenes of women and children being shot or bombed in Bagdad is playing out to the huge arb audiences who sit glued to Jazera every night? How do you imagine that listening to the pres talking piously about UN resolutions and then invading a sovereign state without the sanction of the UN plays out to those audiences? Brit is still bogged down in the political nightmare that is N.I but us ventures in the M.E make Belfast look like a vicar's tea party. None of this bodes well for a peaceful future.
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