Thanks for this thread guys. Very interesting to see what other people’s points of view are.
I was born and brought up in Belfast and had to help my dad check under his car every morning before he gave me a lift to the school bus stop. Why? Cos he was a soldier or a policeman? No. He was a photocopier repairman. But you know, police stations, etc., have photocopiers, and he would fix those if his boss sent him there. That made him a “legitimate target” (never mind the fact that the Sinn Fein HQ also used photocopiers).
In the 70s I used to hear bombs go off many nights, and there was a helicopter “parked” in the sky all night every night. Soldiers on the streets with guns checking you out, etc., etc., etc.
I, like many others in N.I. had to live through all this (yet get called terrorists wherever we went), and I for one am SO HAPPY that something is happening that might help to make the situation better.
That said, I cried when I first heard about the “Good Friday Agreement”, not knowing at the time that it would all fall apart. However, it did get the ball rolling, albeit slowly, and the latest developments have helped give it another little push. At least it’s in the right direction.
There’s no point blaming Americans, the British Government, or even a lot of the eejits that have killed in Northern Ireland in the past, cos that sort of thing just makes it all kick off again. A lot of my generation now look forward to the future, and the recent events sparked off by the McCartney sisters (He was stabbed, not shot, BTW) are a good sign that people are more and more inclined to stand up and fight for peace. Long may it continue.
Thanks for listening. I feel better now