Martin McGuinness: Can Political Violence be Justified? - Counter Information


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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Martin McGuinness: Can Political Violence be Justified?

Mehdi Hasan challenges Martin McGuinness, exploring the definition of terrorism and when to negotiate with the enemy. 


The 9/11 attacks and US-led 'war on terror' have changed our perception of terrorism.

Since 2001, many have come to associate terrorist acts with radical Islam. But terrorism, as a tactic, has been around for a very long time.

During the conflict in Northern Ireland, the Irish Republican Army (IRA) was branded a terrorist organisation by the British government. The Republican fighters, however, saw themselves as a legitimate army fighting against the British occupation. It was a classic case of 'one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter'.

Posted March 21, 2017

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