1973 - 10 car bombs left to kill innocent civilians. 2 were found but eventually 1 innocent killed and 180 injured.
1974 - bomb on a coach carrying soldiers AND their families, 11 dead.
1974 - first of the pub bombs (bombs placed in public bars) kills 2 soldiers, 3 civilians and injures 50.
1974, - second series of pub bombings, this time in Birmingham kills 21.
Series of small atacks continue in England but next major attack is 1984 - when the IRA tied to assassinate Margaret Thatcher and the UK Govt with the Brighton bombs.
1993 - Warrington, bomb kills two children
1993 - Warrington, bombs on gas meters (first of the economic target attacks)
1993 - IRA returns to bomb London, attacking the "city" financial district. Bishopsgate attacked
1996 - Canary Wharf, yet another civilian target bombed. 2 killed.
1997 - Arndale centre, Manchester bombed injuring 200 people.
I'm not even touching IRA bombings in Northern Ireland - far too many to count but you do also know the IRA received money, support and weapons from the US through NORAID, marches by known terrorists were held in America?
You obviously have a thing about Hamas, all I'm asking is that you recognise that your outrage against Hamas and their targeting civilians is only following what countless other terrorist organisations have done. I'm fairly certain if Hamas held marches in the US however or set up fundraising that your reaction would probably be quite different.
It's all, as was mentioned on page one - about perspective.
אשכנזי היהודי • Белый Россию
US State DeptQ: Why isn't the IRA on the list?
There is a strong body of evidence documenting historic IRA involvement in terrorist activity. This evidence precedes the time, two years ago, when we first considered designating the IRA as an FTO.
At that time, the Secretary of State took note of the IRA's unequivocal cease-fire, as well as the subsequent decision by the British government that the cease-fire was "genuine in word and deed." This permitted Sinn Fein to join inclusive, all-party talks in Belfast.
The peace process in Northern Ireland continues, albeit not without obvious difficulties, and we have again determined that the IRA should not be designated at this time. We are, however, concerned over recent indications of increased terrorist activity in Northern Ireland, and we will continue to monitor closely the activities of all paramilitary groups.
Q: What happens if the IRA carries out another act of terrorism, such as killing a police officer or blowing up a police station?
We will not speculate on hypothetical situations. We expect the IRA to adhere to its responsibility to maintain the cease-fire. Obviously, any resumption of violence by the IRA would have a direct impact on the ongoing review.
Basically, after 20+ years of targeting innocent civilians in England (they never bombed Scotland or Wales) the US State dept only considered listing the IRA when the IRA started secret peace talks with the UK govt.
And what happened to the IRA? They are now in Govt, they too used proxy bombs (human bombs) if only for a short while and the final point is that the "real IRA" the hardcore that refused to join the peace accords was listed as an FTO in 2005.
State Govt 2005 list
And NORAID is still around in the US, still fundraising and still supporting the remnants of the IRA that did not join the peace agreement.Current List of Designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations
1. Abu Nidal Organization (ANO)
2. Abu Sayyaf Group
3. Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade
4. Ansar al-Islam
5. Armed Islamic Group (GIA)
6. Asbat al-Ansar
7. Aum Shinrikyo
8. Basque Fatherland and Liberty (ETA)
9. Communist Party of the Philippines/New People's Army (CPP/NPA)
10. Continuity Irish Republican Army
11. Gama’a al-Islamiyya (Islamic Group)
12. HAMAS (Islamic Resistance Movement)
13. Harakat ul-Mujahidin (HUM)
14. Hizballah (Party of God)
15. Islamic Jihad Group
16. Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU)
17. Jaish-e-Mohammed (JEM) (Army of Mohammed)
18. Jemaah Islamiya organization (JI)
19. al-Jihad (Egyptian Islamic Jihad)
20. Kahane Chai (Kach)
21. Kongra-Gel (KGK, formerly Kurdistan Workers' Party, PKK, KADEK)
22. Lashkar-e Tayyiba (LT) (Army of the Righteous)
23. Lashkar i Jhangvi
24. Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)
25. Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG)
26. Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group (GICM)
27. Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MEK)
28. National Liberation Army (ELN)
29. Palestine Liberation Front (PLF)
30. Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ)
31. Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLF)
32. PFLP-General Command (PFLP-GC)
33. Tanzim Qa'idat al-Jihad fi Bilad al-Rafidayn (QJBR) (al-Qaida in Iraq) (formerly Jama'at al-Tawhid wa'al-Jihad, JTJ, al-Zarqawi Network)
35. al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (formerly GSPC)
36. Real IRA
37. Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC)
38. Revolutionary Nuclei (formerly ELA)
39. Revolutionary Organization 17 November
40. Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front (DHKP/C)
41. Shining Path (Sendero Luminoso, SL)
42. United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC)
Okay to all those that dont agree that one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter...
Luis Posada Carriles?
Here you have a man, convicted of blowing up an airplane, and yet protected by the US. Is he a freedom fighter because the plane was Cuban and he is a cuban exile or is he no better than a Hamas bomber that blows himself up in a disco?
Which is it?