Palestine having a hard time, could that be due to ex PLO terrorist Arafat not dissociating himself from the terrorists that strap bombs to themselves. He has taken a long long time to condemn the actions of such people in his native language.
This parallels with SF/IRA,the IRA aligned themselves with the PLO,SF do not ask for people to report terrorist knowledge and still continue their intelligence gathering. Like Arafat they are responsible for the majority of the trouble they are in, so your point is correct SF do need to look to Palestine and Israel and see were Arafat is going wrong.
In Israeli and Palestine terms it is the ex terrorist turned politician that is threatening and destroying the peace in that region. Like Adams he cannot condemn the actions of those who followed his example,neither will put forward information that will lead to the capture of terrorists who are a threat to democracy, they do not defend the principle of the system they want to be part of.
One of the people arrested was an ex terrorist, it is obvious he did not abandon his ways,he was given a position in the N.I. Office only to abuse it. Can you explain to me as an ex soldier how I am going to have confidence in SF as part of government when they do not protect mine and others interest? SF is failing the democratic process by allowing such actions, they knew the nature of this man, and did nothing to prevent his appointment to the N.I office position he held. They knew he was compromised instead of doing the right things which build confidence they turned a blind eye, now this happen and they whine about it.
To use the spectre of going back to the actions of the past is plain scare mongering, after 911, terrorism has no place in this world and SF know that. As is they know that the carrot of cessation of military activity cannot be used now to get them into government.They have to follow the democratic process and that does not involve private armies that used the armalite,bomb and ballot box to get them into power.
The killings may be well down but the terrorist activities from both sides are not the intel gathering proves that. What you are saying is it is better to live under these conditions than to say we made a mistake, tell that to people living on the interfaces.
Why gather intel for a terrorist organisation?