If a British army is in Ireland against the declared will of the Irish
population expressed in the only all-Ireland poll in 1918, what do you call it
if not an occupation??? They are not just visiting.
`it`s not religious` - you really shouldn`t comment about things you know
nothing about. I am from Northern Ireland. I am from the Protestant, Unionist,
Loyalist community. I firstly and foremostly consider myself to be an Ulsterman
/ Northern Irish but I am equally Irish and British. The problem is not the
British `occupying` Ireland but rather the fact that some people from Ireland
consider themselves to be both Irish and British (largely Protestants in the
North of Ireland (Ulster) who can trace their roots to the plantations of Ulster
in the 1600`s from Scotland and to a lesser degree England ie Scotch-Irish)
whilst other consider themselves to be Gaelic Irish (largely Roman Catholics).
There is no `occupation`, that is simply Sinn Fein IRA talk for the local
Northern Irish Army regiments and local Northern Irish Police who are part of
the UK / British system ie the Royal Irish Regiment and the Irish Guards of the
British Army that are currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan with US forces!
"while the Catholics held out for an independent Northern Ireland" - Incorrect.
Nationalists in the Northern Ireland state want a united Ireland. The 1998 peace
agreement sets out a path how this political objective may be achieved by
consent and not by violence.
The problem in Northern Ireland is those stupid British roundheadsare still
occupying pat of the island. If the British would stop being evil and end the
illegal occupation, I guarantee you there would be no problems between the
Catholics and Protestants.