Lysias in reference to your comment:
”The IRA violence in Ireland started against the Royal Irish Constabulary, the police force in Ireland made up of Irishmen, to a large extent Catholic Irishmen. They were serving what on paper was a democratic government, even if nationalists objected to it.
The IRA’s tactic worked, and in the end it was probably worth it, since it did lead to Irish independence. But what happened to those members of the RIC was tragic. They were simple men just doing an ordinary job.”
You paper over some gaping crevasses here….are you deliberately aiming to mislead??
– The RIC constables were indeed mostly Catholic. However almost all of the officers protestant thus protestant controlled
– They formed a major part of the British armed forces of the occupation with over 8500 members by the mid 19th century
– the very best examples of ‘the case against’ the RIC was their role in enforcing eviction notices.
This was the process whereby landlords (many of whom were British aristocracy across the pond) set untenable conditions of rent on the tenant farmers such as exorbitant rent.
Thus forces of the crown often including the RIC did the dirty work – eviction!
It is indisputable fact that The RIC were protagonists of this draconian regime of oppression against the catholic majority of Ireland
Quite laughable you refer to ‘what was on paper a democratic government’….who are you kidding?
The British forces of occupation did not everyone on the island of ireland to vote until the civil rights movement of the 1960s
What happened to a number of people in Ireland that is impossible to count was tragic.
In this I’d include some RIC members, however, describing just simple men doing and ordinary job is quite ridiculous.
It would be no less laughable to suggest that those poor IDF conscripts throughout palestine are just ahmmm serving their country……or their duty..or their job……nonsense
The peaceful and violent means of resistance to John Bull constituted parts too important to measure in the struggle of the Irish people against the forces of institutionalised oppression and colonialism