The need for gung-ho tactics
How many people died in the Troubles because the British and Irish security forces failed to implement the US-style gung-ho tactics used against the Boston bombers?
Within hours of the evil attack on the city’s marathon, Islamic fanatic Tamerian Tsarnaev was shot dead by police and his brother hunted down.
If London and Dublin had done the same in the 1960s, the conflict which claimed over 3,000 lives and maimed thousands more might never have got off the ground.
Whatever people may think of American policy in Iraq and Afghanistan, Obama's administration is to be warmly congratulated on its ‘no nonsense’ policy on internal terrorists.
If the PSNI had done a ‘Boston’ on a couple of dissident republicans or violent loyalist flag protestors, the trendy liberal brigade would be screaming their lungs out about the human rights of terrorists.
But the Dail, Stormont and Westminster have to swallow the bitter pill that a ‘shoot to kill’ policy works against modern terrorism.
Especially backed by a plan of ‘leave no stone unturned until you find the scum who committed the atrocity’.
It’s just a great pity the then RUC and especially the B Specials did not have the political green light to do a ‘Boston’ on the UVF killers of 28-year-old West Belfast Catholic John Scullion in June 1966, generally known as the Troubles’ first victim.
If the Specials had hunted down the UVF, would that terror gang and all the other loyalist death squads which followed have got off the ground?
If the Specials had been given the Boston iron fist to use against the UVF, other so-called loyalists may have been too afraid to have indulged in sectarian warfare.
The Specials proved their might as they hammered the IRA into the ground during the republicans’ ill-fated Border Campaign of 1956-62.
They would have been in their element in August 1969 when republicans shot and killed their first victim of the Troubles, Protestant 26-year-old Herbert Roy, of the Shankill Road.
Would there ever have been a Provisional IRA or INLA if the RUC and British Army, supported by the Southern security forces had applied a Boston-style military clampdown until Roy’s killers were found.
Unlike the two Chechen-style rebels who bombed Boston, neither loyalist nor republicans death squads believe in being jihadists, prepared to commit suicide carrying out their terrorism.
The first thing many paramilitary gangs worked out when they selected their victims was how to escape.
America’s ‘Kick Ass’ Boston tactics may not eradicate all the dedicated jihadists, but it may make many would-be terrorists think twice.
Given the British and Irish people caught up in the Boston blasts, Dublin and London plus Washington should bend Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ear on getting former Soviet republic of Chechnya sorted.
Chechen rebels want to turn the area into a fundamentalist Islamic state, free of Russian control.
Putin needs to unleash his bombers against Chechnya so that terrorist scum like Tamerian Tsarnaev never dare again to think of blowing up a child at a family sporting event.