Statistical reanalysis of The Troubles
Over the course of the past 2 years, myself and my fellow ISOT ‘admin’ have re-examined approximately 75-80% of all Troubles related deaths, those attributable to either Loyalist or republican armed groups.
Our objectives were relatively simple-
1: To ascertain who exactly both sets of ‘combatants’ regarded as being “legitimate targets“.
2: To calculate how many of the aforementioned “legitimate targets” each armed group actually killed.
3: To calculate, or in some instances estimate, how many “legitimate targets” were available over the course of the conflict.
4: To calculate, as a percentage, the total number of “legitimate targets” actually killed by each ‘side’.
At first glance, this seems a straightforward, if somewhat time consuming, task. In reality however, it is nowhere near as simple as it sounds. Take, for instance, the question of just who was regarded as a “legitimate target”. At first glance it seems easy to answer but it is, in fact, anything but.
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