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The Provisional Irish Republican Army and the Morality of Terrorism
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The Provisional Irish Republican Army and the Morality of Terrorism

Timothy Shanahan

Abstract

Is terrorism ever morally justified? How should historical and cultural factors be taken into account in judging the morality of terrorist acts? What are the ethical limits of state counter-terrorism? For three decades, the Provisional Irish Republican Army (Provisional IRA) waged an ‘armed struggle’ against what it considered to be the British occupation of Northern Ireland. To its supporters, the IRA was the legitimate army of Ireland, fighting to force a British withdrawal as a prelude to the re-unification of the Irish nation. To its enemies, it was an illegal, fanatical, terrorist organiz ... More

Keywords: terrorism, morality, terrorist acts, state counter-terrorism, IRA, armed struggle, British occupation, Northern Ireland, legitimate army, British withdrawal

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780748635290
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635290.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Timothy Shanahan, author