By September 1973 some British left-wing radicals, trade unionists, Irish people living in Britain and many other ordinary people had managed to see something of the truth of what was happening in the North of Ireland through the fog of British Government propaganda.But the troops didn't leave. After a painful peace process, broken ceasefires, low-level paramilitary violence but the best part of a decade of peace and the complete avoidance of the sort of bloody civil war Ireland has seen in its past, The Times today reports:
They were appalled at what they were seeing and they came together in London to form the Troops Out Movement.
A final peace deal in Northern Ireland seemed to be a step nearer last night as the Sinn Fein leadership prepared to sign up to the police and court systems.
The Troops Out Now Coalition (TONC) is a national grassroots coalition of antiwar activists, trade unionists, solidarity activists and community organizers.Christopher Hitchens reports, in the latest Slate:
TONC activists first assembled in New York City for a December 3, 2004 National Strategy Meeting and issued a call for a day of protest on March 19, the second anniversary of the beginning of the war.
The idea that we could even consider abandoning such a keystone state, and so many decent people, to the forces of the faith-based is as inhumane as it is unrealistic.
There will be a Day Three. These bastards never give up.