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A bloody phenomenon cannot be explained by a bloodless theory - Donald Horowitz The conflict in Northern Ireland is a battle between two religiously and culturally differentiated groups Protestant Unionists and Catholic Republicans over the fate of Ireland Unionists are the Protestant descendants of British immigrants who began coming to the island as early as the 12th century to farm and conduct business Their sphere of influence economically and politically remained centralized in the area which is now Northern Ireland Unionists see themselves as having a dual nationality Irish and British and so want to remain citizens of Great Britain Republicans are the Catholic natives of the island that want Ireland united and completely free of British political and military influence They see the existence of Northern Ireland as a vestige of British colonialism Catholics in Northern Ireland began a civil rights movement in the 1960s to end the discrimination they have faced under Protestant rule To this extent it is easy to sympathize with the impoverished pitifully depicted Catholic contingent in John Conroys harrowing and realistic account of the troubles Belfast Diary - War as a Way of Life 1987 Northern Catholics crave national sovereignty with such potent desire that blood has been shed for hundreds of years in the name of national identity Prior to combing through the chilling realism of Conroys book I already had an engrained impression of Northern Irelands political situation that I had garnered from an upbringing in a predominantly protestant part of Scotland This notion was therefore a little skewed and incorporated a significant bias towards sentiments echoing Queen and country Reading Conroy has served to objectify my view ostracizing me from the fray of local social influence It has thus become evident to me subjectivity entrained by ones immersion in a problem can often hinder the acuteness and neutrality of his comprehension Evaluating my own opinion in the realistic disheartening light of
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