Definition #109 War

Graphics  by Marlyn Exconde

by Marlyn Exconde

Barbara Tuchman said, “War is the unfolding of miscalculations.”

It was on this day in 1972 that British army parachutists shot 27 unarmed civil rights demonstrators in Derry, Northern Ireland — an event known as “Bloody Sunday.” The protestors had been marching to oppose the new British policy of imprisoning people without a hearing.

The Northern Irish conflict stemmed from a peace treaty signed in 1923 after Ireland’s successful war for independence from Britain. The treaty partitioned Ireland, designating the largely Catholic south as an independent nation, while leaving six counties of Northern Ireland, which had a Protestant majority, as part of the United Kingdom.

On this day, parachute troopers were given the okay to fire on the protestors. The first person killed was shot in the back. Thirteen people died — half of them were teenagers. All of the protesters were unarmed.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Catherine Johnson
    Jan 30, 2015 @ 11:57:59

    The Northern Ireland ‘war’ has been horrible to read about all those years. I didn’t even know all these exact details of how it came about though obviously I’ve heard of Bloody Sunday. Glad it’s better than it was.


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