Common Purpose needs much of the IRA’s propaganda to be true, the apparent needless brutality of soldiers etc. The Good Friday Agreement hinges around accepting mutual blame and while the IRA has long been forgiven, the evil system in Belfast has turned it’s rage on our soldiers.
They in Belfast are enacting a policy of radical appeasement.
The IRA’s insurgency tactics guaranteed and counted on friendly casualties to gain support. While one has to agree with some of Republicanism’s grievances such as class related economic disparities no one can justify a nihilistic insurgency that targets civillians.
The IRA used tactics such as using civilians to lure Army patrols onto explosion sites. A soldier who spotted a man running in any direction could not be sure he was not running to pick up the remote on a command wire or something similar. Common Purpose and Sinn Fein use outlets like the Belfast Telegraph to portray soldiers as these hostile swaggering forces moving through this totally safe civilian environment picking people out for harassment or worse. This view is not being countered by the DUP etc who have been busy gathering money up and has become the view of a lot of the Protestant youth, who are now joining Common Purpose linked fake neutral organisations like the Alliance Party that buy into Sinn Fein’s social justice vision (less white prod men).
Now though the Common Purpose system is wielding it’s integrated power to promote the Bill Clinton version of history that all the “peace makers” are committed to. This is allowing Sinn Fein to re-write history totally and cast itself as the totally innocent feminine victim of that old trope the “Raging English man.” Regardless if that English man is wearing a soccer shirt or a uniform, leftist pseudoscience has him down as nature’s monster. A historical specter that has scarred the Earth since the days of Charlemagne.
The latest Soldier trial, while tragic is obviously down to the security situation the IRA created.
If we accept full blame for the troubles despite not holding full responsibility the IRA seeing it’s on a good thing, will start killing again, not that it ever stopped.