US gets involved in the troubles in the Catholic side?

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Was it possible for the US to get involved in the Troubles on the Catholic/IRA side, possibly if you had a more effective Irish lobby, and the US liberals and left sides with the Irish underdog vs the British oppressors? What would be the consequences of this with respect to the UK and NATO?
 
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Was it possible for the US to get involved in the Troubles on the Catholic/IRA side, possibly if you had a more effective Irish lobby, and the US liberals and left sides with the Irish underdog vs the British oppressors? What would be the consequences of this with respect to the UK and NATO?
Depends, what kind of involvment it would be?
 

johnincornwall

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Nov 2010
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Not really. Maybe some lip service.
Well the high levels or Irish Catholicism in the US political circles (and my memory) suggests otherwise, but the IRA tangles with Libya and the PLO of course meant nothing overt was clear.

However the OP makes the usual error of failing to grasp that there are still even now more Protestants in NI than Catholics, and that they are not an 'Irish Underdog' but more loyal than most Englishmen!
 

Kevinmeath

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May 2011
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Navan, Ireland
Was it possible for the US to get involved in the Troubles on the Catholic/IRA side, possibly if you had a more effective Irish lobby, and the US liberals and left sides with the Irish underdog vs the British oppressors? What would be the consequences of this with respect to the UK and NATO?
Why would the USA get involved in domestic matters in the UK?

Are they really going to 'pick an argument' with one of their main allies at the height of the Cold War over quite minor matters in a small unregarded region of the UK?

Side with a terrorist organisation? -- don't think so

And what are they going to 'ask' for? Civil Rights? Westminster will say 1. none of your business 2. We completely support Civil Rights for all citizens any discrimination was down to local 'Irish' government.

Demand a united Ireland? they will be asked what do you suggest we do with the Irish Protestants?

Then of course there is the government of Eire who will make the 'correct' sounds regarding a united Ireland but will be much less keen when it comes to the practicalities.
 
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betgo

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Jul 2011
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Huh? The US and UK have been pretty close allies for the last 80 years. The US does not care about how its allies handle things internally, as for example Saudi Arabia. The US worked well with many absolute monarchies and military governments during the Cold War. The IRA was generally not popular in the US, although it had support from some Irish. Countries usually do not get involved in that sort of thing overtly. The IRA and other factions could have had foreign support, but not from the US.
 
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