i see, you are going back to Oliver Cromwell's days (when Catholic countries persecuted Protestants, and Protestant countries persecuted catholics) to justify the IRA murdering men, women and children totally indiscriminantly in the recent past (and future probably).
Originally posted by salvelinus
Well, there are hawaiians that feel that way. The US basically just took over Hawaii about a hundred or so years ago. The Hawaiian queen at the time even addressed the US Congress begging them not to do so.
I'll admit that the British are doing much better in N Ireland than they used to, but then they used to be pretty bad. The Catholics there were a pretty oppressed minority, albeit a very large minority.
Go back farther, and the British were even worse. The only reason there's more than a handful of Protestants/British in any part of Ireland is because England conquered, pillaged, and set up a preferential regime there.
I'm not getting into Cromwell, et al, but the system set up starting then was brutal towards 95% of the existing population, and continued that way till fairly recently. That system and the conditions it created is what led to IRA terrorism - not excusing it, but creating it.
That is the same situation as Israel/Palestine; India/Kashmir I don't know if follows the same paradigm.