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The Loyalist have been sitting pretty by ruling NI for their own benefit for hundreds of years, wrapped in privilege.  They're losing both power and privilege and they don't like it.  The UVF, et. al., are not going to accept anything that even remotely looks like unification.  As they have recently demonstrated:

Belfast council backs down on Twelfth bonfire after UVF threats.

I note, with cynicism, the UVF disarmed in 2009 so it's a complete mystery what a " severe violent confrontation" would entail.

The UVF, et. al., have received help in the form of logistics and intelligence from various members - and bureaus? - of the UK military and intelligence services for decades.  IMHO, anyone who thinks this isn't continuing is a fool.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Fri Jul 12th, 2019 at 05:09:06 PM EST
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