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Back to The Troubles?

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by dixiehack, Apr 8, 2021 at 10:34 AM.

  1. dixiehack

    dixiehack Well-Known Member

    I suppose this could have gone on the Brexit, politics or even religion threads. But it feels like it deserves its own.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-56664868

    It’s weird to think back on watching the nightly news as a child of the 80s and thinking about how normalized the terrorism was. The last couple of years I’ve wondered if this isn’t what America is drifting towards, with politics replacing religion as the sectarian spark.
     
  2. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Well-Known Member

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  3. Huggy

    Huggy Well-Known Member

    My wife and I took a day trip to Northern Ireland when we were in Ireland in July, 2019. Included a fascinating black cab tour of Belfast, was amazing to walk the streets of a place I saw on TV back in the 1980s as one of the most dangerous cities on the planet.
     
  4. TigerVols

    TigerVols Well-Known Member

    Speaking of, there's a new police procedural recently dropped on Prime called Bloodlands about a murder investigation in Belfast and damn is it good; there's a twist about halfway through that's the most gut-punching I've seen on TV in ages.
     
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  5. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Why would they destroy their own neighborhoods?
     
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  6. I Should Coco

    I Should Coco Well-Known Member

    I had a friend who worked overseas in Derry/Londonderry* in the 1990s, and he was shocked at how normalized the violence, and the evidence of the violence, was in that city. And he understood that the worst of it was well before he lived there.

    * - it says a lot that they can't even agree on this city's name.
     
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  7. Jake from State Farm

    Jake from State Farm Well-Known Member

    I was on a cruise of the British Isles about 15 years ago and one of the stops was Belfast
    We went down the streets where the graffiti still is on the houses
    A guy I worked with who was from Boston told me he knew plenty of bars back in the day where there was a pot above the cash register for contributions to the IRA
     
  8. maumann

    maumann Well-Known Member

    I hope the legal and criminal response to our insurrection is enough to keep that from being a "trial balloon" for extremist groups to think we can return to the days of lynch mobs and vigilantes. Sadly, half of the elected officials who hold seats in Congress would be more than happy to see such violence continue (as long as their skins are safe).
     
  9. heyabbott

    heyabbott Well-Known Member

    the Rightwing terrorists in America are conflating religion and politics.
    Where else would raging lunatics say that the unmitigated right to carry and own firearms is God Given? And it’s the same people, apparently fucktard is too offensive for the lowest form of human, who used the same religion to justify chattel slavery in America. Politics is religion and religion is political in the USA
     
  10. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    Busting up the Good Friday accords was a not entirely unforeseen aftereffect of Brexit.

    And not entirely unconnected with the right wing screech machine's pom pom shaking for secession in the USA.
     
  11. Neutral Corner

    Neutral Corner Well-Known Member

    All it would take is a couple of bombings or assassinations. If someone puts a bullet into Merrick Garland or Clarence Thomas and kills them, I can't help but think that a tit for tat response would be likely. Once that ball starts rolling there's no telling where it stops.
     
  12. qtlaw

    qtlaw Well-Known Member

    As an atheist, its with wonderment that I read about the history of the conflicts between Catholics and Protestants in Ireland/Northern Ireland. I literally channel Rodney King and say "can't you just get along?"
     
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