[Marxism] The changing face of British rule in Ireland

Philip Ferguson philip.ferguson at canterbury.ac.nz
Wed Aug 29 20:03:51 MDT 2007

>From Operation Banner to Operation Helvetica:
The changing face of British rule in Ireland

By John McAnulty

23 August 2007

In their usual astounding display of chutzpah Sinn Fein have produced a
T-shirt depicting the IRA expelling a Brit soldier, claiming that the
ending of 'Operation Banner' (the deployment of troops and the armed
suppression of the civil population during the years of the troubles)
amounts to British defeat and republican victory.

Republicans have not been slow to put them right, pointing out that
Operation Banner has been replaced by Operation Helvetica, involving a
permanent garrison of 5000 troops, that MI5 have built a massive base to
monitor opposition to the new state, that new laws far exceed the
emergency legislation of the past,  that a large paramilitary police
force remains armed and in place, with many of the structures and
individuals who ran the death squads still in senior positions, and that
loyalist groups are armed and sponsored by the state.

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