Introduction: The Nature of the Armed Struggle
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The other conflicts have been generated by reasons of state and national pride, through blunder and mismanagement, generated by race and class and tribe. There have been national wars and religious wars, civil strife and simple massacre, conflicts that were by-products of the Cold War and a long wave o f people’s wars, rebel armed struggles, guerrilla insurrections. War has been a growth industry And the Irish, who invented the war o f national liberation, perfected the anti-colonial struggle of protracted war, have persisted in providing the arena for advocates of physical force. Few may have been involved in the various clashes: sectarian clashes, the national wars, the conspiracies and killings; but recourse to unconventional violence is often exaggerated in impact and in perception. And if the Provisionals are at peace their Republican rivals have not been, nor their loyalist opponents.