Fourth Generation Warfare

Violence in Northern Ireland sparks fears of a return to The Troubles

Now, who does this sound like? Imagine if the Northern Ireland of the 1970s had been populated by 331 million people.
“More than 3,600 people died during that conflict, and tens of thousands were injured. Despite the vast majority of Northern Irish people wanting peace, the era came to be defined by violence and unrest, punctuated by frequent bombings, rioting, attacks on police, sectarian murders and army crackdowns.”

By , NBC News

BELFAST, Northern Ireland — The violence that has spread across Northern Ireland this month, from the cities of Londonderry and Belfast to smaller towns, has been a stark reminder that this corner of the United Kingdom remains bitterly divided along political and cultural lines.

Night after night, rioters in loyalist areas have hurled bricks and gasoline bombs at police, who responded with water cannons. So far, almost 90 officers have been injured. Dissident republican groups such as the New IRA have also moved to renew a bombing campaign aimed at intimidating the police force. On April 19, a bomb was discovered outside the home of a female officer near the town of Dungiven.

To many observers, the violence recalls the conflict known as “The Troubles,” which for three decades pitted pro-British loyalists and unionists against Irish nationalists who wanted Northern Ireland to break free from the United Kingdom and unite with the independent Republic of Ireland.


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