On this day 1979: 18 British soldiers massacred by IRA

BBC on this day 27th August 1979
At least 18 soldiers have been killed in two booby-trap bomb attacks at Warrenpoint, South Down, close to the border with the Irish Republic.

It is the highest death toll suffered by the British Army in a single incident since it arrived in Northern Ireland to restore order a decade ago. The IRA are believed to be behind the attack.
It's amazing to think that now, at long last, we have relative peace in Northern Ireland. and British troops have finally been able to withdraw from active operations there.

We will not forget that the IRA war probably largely funded by Irish Americans. On 11th September 2001, it seems many of these American supporters of the IRA finally realised that terrorism was wrong.

A BBC article on peace in Northern Ireland describes the 9/11 effect

The huge funding for militant Republicanism by Irish-Americans was already in decline before the attacks on the US on 11 September 2001. That day, however, changed the world, and drove many organisations labelled as "terrorist" to the margins. The IRA and its political allies recognised that political violence was suddenly deeply unfashionable among previously staunch supporters.
I love the way the BBC put things sometimes - "political violence became deeply unfashionable". I cant help but think the BBC hack who put this together was actually referring to the liberal left's soft spot for political violence and terrorism.

2 Responses to “On this day 1979: 18 British soldiers massacred by IRA”

  1. # Blogger Granny Weatherwax

    There is a memorial bench to the men funded by ex comrades installed in the military cemetery in Aldershot. I was going to say installed recently, then I realised how time has flown, which it does as you get older.

  2. # Blogger jonz

    It's only 3 years ago so I'd let you off with saying it's recent. Thanks. It's sad. It does remind me of memorial benches for people who have died back in my home town in Kent too.  

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