Finding out who started the Troubles?

Paul Evans started a bit of a fire that hasn’t really taken off yet, I think. The mapping whataboutery thread has turned into another interesting debate on the desirability or otherwise of the phenomenon of evasion. But for those who engage directly with the debategraph there is an opportunity for people to comprehensively map the problem of how the whole damned thing got started. For it to work we need people to jump into Debategraph and really have a go at not only point the finger at the other side but to provide supporting evidence for why that might be so… What’s there at the moment is only pointing the finger at loyalist paramilitaries, but I know that’s neither fair, nor balanced nor an accurate reflection of the opinion of the people who read this site… So come on people, let’s work out just who’s fault it actually was? If we do it properly, someone’s got to mention 1169 and counting… (the date not the blog fool – ed) The problem being is that, in this case, you’ve got to put the work in to actually get there…

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