You know that the DUP are worried when Nigel Dodds is dug up to represent Arlene Foster in the leaders’ debate, last night on television. They’re obviously afraid to let the leader of the party ,Arlene , open her mouth so near an election. Every time she appears she easily puts votes into the Sinn Fein box. Apparently they are to run a repeat of the same debate on the other channel tonight. Will I watch it all over again.No …. I think I’ll catch up on “Better Call Saul “instead. It is becoming a little repetative .
It’s the same old rigmarole, in any case. We’ll have Nigel Dodds talking about the evil terrorists and comparisons will be made between ISIS and the IRA , while the entire historical record of terrorism since the inception of the Norneverland state will be swept under the carpet.There’ll be no mention of the still -current UDA who are in the process of murdering each other on the streets of today , while they cosy up to the DUP. Nor will Ulster Resistance get a look-in or the Ulster Volunteers, the Ulster Volunteer Force, the Ulster Freedom Fighters.There’ll never be any mention of context while all the hand-wringing about death goes on. No-one sane wants to see people being killed on the streets of any town or city anywhere in the world. We all want to live peaceful lives, but there has to be some understanding as to how terrorism arises.Terrorism is not simply the final act of violence.It also includes what spurs that violence to fruition. We all saw that here in the 1960swhen the terrorism was initially the rantings , ravings and demagoguery of the Reverand Ian Paisley .That verbal terrorism was aimed entirely at the Catholic / Nationalist community and was ably supported by the Unionist/Orange diaspora.



All those loyalist paramilitaries which popped up are and were drawn from the wholly Protestant community who voted and supported unionism for a hundred years since the state was imposed through threat of violence.In the recent , so-called “Troubles” these loyalist paramilitaries were responsible for around 30% of deaths and most of those targets were either simply perceived to be Catholic by religion or Nationalist by political bent.The tally could easily have been higher. it’s only a matter of numbers, but it was terrorism.Their operations involved random assassinations, mass shootings, bombings and kidnappings. They used sub machine-guns, assault rifles, pistols, grenades (including homemade bombs), incendiary bombs, booby trap bombs and car bombs. Bomb attacks were usually made without any warning. However, gun attacks were more common than bombings. Some were even murdered by knives. As can be seen by the recent ISIS attacks , even a vehicle can be used as a lethal weapon in the wrong hands. It is all terrorism for some perceived cause, even if the perpetrators are deluded by relious faith or simple hatred. Only some twenty three years ago iIn January 1994, the UDA drew up a ‘Doomsday Plan’, to be implemented should the British Army withdraw from Northern Ireland. It called for ethnic cleansing an another re-partition of the already tiny state, with the goal of making a newer Northern Ireland a wholly Protestant , if smaller affair. You might call this delude , given that an even smaller state would simply self-destruct.
Many of these terrorists have and had links to far-right and neo-Nazi groups in Britain and possibly worldwide, such as Combat 18 , the National Front and the British National Socialist Movement. Many are currently responsible for numerous racist attacks in loyalist areas.Since the 1990s 90% of racist attacks have been attributed to loyalists.This is unionism’s cutting edge and this is their philosophy.
Although these terrorist groups were all supposed to have disbanded , they are still currently active.The long list of these terrorists include the UVF(Ulster Volunteer Force), the Ulster Protestant Association, the Ulster Imperial guards, the the Ulster Protestant Volunteers, the Red Hand Commandoes, the Young Citizen Volunteers, the Ulster Defence Association, the Ulster Freedom Fighters, the Ulster Young Militants, Ulster Resistance,, the Loyalist Volunteer Force, the Young Loyalist Volunteers, the Orange Volunteers, the Red Hand Defenders, the Real Ulster Freedom Fighters, Ulster Protestant Action, Ulster Special Constabulary Association,Down Orange Welfare, Orange Volunteers, Ulster Defence Service Corps, Ulster Service Corps, ulster Defence Organisation, Ulster Constitution Defence Committee, Ulster Army Council, Ulster Loyalist Central Co -ordinating Committee, Combined Loyalist Military Command, Protestant Action Force. Where do people think these groups were spawned from and who encouraged that spawning in the first place?
You would imagine that these dolly-mixture groupings would have covered every base and would have depleted every letter of the alphabet but there is a possibility that even as I write ,another group is gathering in the back -room of a pub , someone’s parlour, or even in an Orange Hall somewhere ,to provide us all with yet another group ofalphabetical misfits ,but there is and was also seepage into the various “legal” security groupings set up by the State to initially maintain its unionist and loosely Protestant bias .Therefore the British Army and the police force were also easily infiltrated by a majority of unionists and Protestants which resulted in soldiers and policemen taking part in loyalist attacks while off-duty, giving weapons and intelligence to loyalists, not taking action against them, and hindering police investigations, all the while being paid by the same State.
All of this was to protect “their” community(ie the Protestant /Unionist community)What it meant in reality was a century of terrorism at various levels on the “other community”(ie the Catholic /Nationalist/ Republicans)
Politicians like Dodds prefer to think that “their”terrorists were somehow more legitimate and that their cause and reason to exist was more legitimate than any others, unlike those ISIS or IRA terrorists , but that is far from the case.There is much hypocrisy in Norneverland and kettles will continue to call pots black.


  1. fiosrach June 6, 2017 at 1:29 pm #

    Harry, all your facts and opinions will not cause the loss of one PUL vote. You only have to view the arrogance of Depitty Dodds on the tv to see that this is water of a duck’s back. His lethal stab to the Alliance leader was “You’re not even a unionist”. But obviously he was there, as you say, because of the foot in mouth in Fermanagh.

    • paddykool June 6, 2017 at 3:43 pm #

      Oh , I know that fiosrach,but the sheer scale and number of the various groupings that existed and continue to exist is staggering , frankly. For the media , commentators and finally politicians to develop such a profound amnesia as to the existence of such groups and their origin story betrays a deliberate mindlessness or a delusional reading of the historical record.Where are the journalists who actually know enough to pull the like of DOdds up by the bootstraps and remind him exactly what really happened in Ireland?

  2. fiosrach June 6, 2017 at 4:06 pm #

    All those organizations are bad boys but they’re fighting on the right side, so cut them a bit of slack.

  3. Sherdy June 6, 2017 at 5:11 pm #

    A pretty detailed report Harry, but you forgot to mention that during all the years of the troubles, and even today, all these loyalist killer gangs operate under the loose control of the British army and intelligence services!

    • paddykool June 6, 2017 at 5:22 pm #

      Well Sherdy , I’ll let the readers such as yourself mop -up any details I might have missed. Sometimes my eyes glaze over, mind.It’s a sure thing that members of the loyalist gangs were also affiliated to the uDR, the British Armay and even the police force and were the muscle behind every unionist “movement” for a hundred years.There is a whole unwritten story there in the connections across all shades of unionism and how they communicated.

  4. ben madigan June 6, 2017 at 8:12 pm #

    “There is a whole unwritten story there in the connections across all shades of unionism and how they communicated”.

    Not entirely unwritten or at least not unfilmed