we’re just taught to think of the IRA as this gang of oirish thugs in balaclavas (if we’re taught about them at all). i mean how many english people even know the IRA/PIRA were (at least nominally) marxist guerrillas resisting imperialism?
obviously the bombing campaigns were horrific and you’d be mad to play them down, but why they happened and the police and MI5’s shady role in it all is never, ever explored. completely taboo.
plus how many people know we were still implicitly approving UVF/UDA sectarian cleansing around the same time members of the Major government were going on tv and tut-tutting about serb paramilitaries in the early 90s ffs. the hypocrisy is breathtaking.