The British Army’s dilemma in Northern Ireland
The “Troubles” was an intense urban civil conflict that could not be contained by political and judicial means.
Civilians were often in mortal danger when the terrorists, or Army were in contact. It was a very dangerous situation with civilians deliberately targeted by terrorists, and killed by soldiers who made grave mistakes.
The terrorists initiated the conflict, and the Army was sent to keep the Queen’s peace. Killing non-terrorists was not the Army’s intention.
The Army was acting for the UK, and the UK should be collectively responsible for deaths that were caused by the Army’s attempts to keep the peace.