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Terror or Politics?

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Submitted by Ron Irvine (European Union), Apr 22, 2009 at 11:15

Northern Ireland is an outstanding example of the benefits of moving from terrorism to politics. Sinn Fein, the political face of the Provisional IRA, which killed over 2000 people in N Ireland and England over a 30 year period, has achieved far more in ten years of 'peace' than they did in the previous 30 through terrorism.

However, they and the Maoists in Nepal have, by using terrorism, obtained a dis-proportionate position of importance in the administrations of their countries. It may not be 'one or the other' but a clever use of both tactics.

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