When you boil it down to its most basic level, anyone from the Island of Ireland can be called Irish and anyone who is born in the UK can be called British. So while there is equal truth to calling a Unionist "Irish" and a Republican "British", it doesn't really fit to say a Unionist is "just as Irish" as a person from the Republic.
And what does Saddam's treatment of his own people have to do with Northern Ireland.. Are you saying that the Brits have mass graves, death squads and torture chambers in Northern Ireland?
Like it or not, there is no difference in an Irish terrorists planting bombs or a Palestinian terrorists planting bombs in Israel, or an AL Q terrorists planting bombs or some American right winger bombing a federal building.. they are all committing terrorist... saying one is okay but the rest is not, is pure partisan hypocritical bs.
For one, if you are to support the "freedom" of those opposed to British rule in Northern Ireland then you have to support all such "freedom movements" including those wanting to cede in the US and are willing to use violence to achieve it.. do you support that?
Europe is in the midst of disaster, only, they do not realize.
We all live under the same sky, but we don't all have the same horizon