There are indeed two sides to every story, but it's an unfortunate fact that both sides of the story cannot be true. We all have our views on those terrible times in NI. I made a few friends amongst the Catholics in Andersonstown and New Lodge. Many were too frightened of the Provo punishment squads to fraternise with the troops, so any displays of friendship had to be conducted behind closed doors.
The terrorist organisations from both religious groups in Ireland were nothing more than brutal butchering thugs who thought nothing of killing and maiming men, women, and children. There is supposed to be some kind of peace there now, but the IRA are doing their best to start all over again. The former members of the Provo's (now ministers) know who these people are, and if they wanted to, they could put a stop to all this now. They may no longer call themselves the IRA, but it is still the IRA. There can never be any justification for the slaughter of innocents to further a political cause. And anyone who does see justification, even if they do not get involved, is no better than the terrorists themselves. These groups only survive because of the support they get from misguided fools.