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2,262 hits Rate me! Share Favorite | Flag 13 years ago by AussieMike

Did the I.R.A lay down their weapons because 9/11 gave terrorism a bad name?

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13 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Friday 5/30/08 - 8:50:43 PM EST (GMT-5)
I don't think anyone gave terrorism a bad name, it's bad by definition.
13 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Friday 5/30/08 - 9:04:32 PM EST (GMT-5)
^ I wouldn't necessarily say that. One man's "Terrorist" is another's "Freedom Fighter". It does largely rely on public sympathy though, and after 9/11, such sympathy was going to be in short supply.

Though no to the question. Firstly, those within the UK had always considered the IRA's attacks as atrocious, and whilst US sympathy may have been sort after, it wouldn't have been that much of a decisive influence I don't think

Secondly, I don't the timelines don't really equate. Calls for and agreements for disarmament were made both before and after 9/11 (was it 2005 they actually got round to it?), as far as I'm aware there isn't much to say that the IRA doing so was directly influenced by it.
13 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Friday 5/30/08 - 9:09:19 PM EST (GMT-5)
That's a silly statement. "9/11 gave terrorism a bad name". Terrorism CAN'T be a bad thing, otherwise why would our tax dollars support it? Why would we be offering terrorists amnesty in Miami right NOW? Terrorism is awesome. I know that for a FACT, because America supports it, so it can't be bad.

Oh, wait. Hang on. I just looked it up. It looks like I got 'terrorists' and 'freedom fighters' confused again. That ALWAYS happens to me. Sorry. Just because they commit the exact same sort of atrocities, I keep getting confused about which ones are the ones that are good, and which ones are bad. I'll have to remember it.

Kill thousands of civilians to get people to cast of a leftist government - freedom fighter. Kill thousands of civilians to get people to cast off a right-wing dictatorship that's cozy with U.S. industrial interests: terrorists.

OK, I think I got it now.
13 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Friday 5/30/08 - 9:22:03 PM EST (GMT-5)
The foundations were laid for the ceasefire in 1998, so I doubt it. It may have become an influence later, but I think that was the way events were leading anyway.
13 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Friday 5/30/08 - 9:32:39 PM EST (GMT-5)
13 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Saturday 5/31/08 - 7:50:27 PM EST (GMT-5)
I didn't know they did ... but if they did, I don't think it's because of that. And I don't think it will last.
13 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Saturday 5/31/08 - 7:52:21 PM EST (GMT-5)
i think they did it out of the goodness of their hearts

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