I would not know as much about that as you Ard, not being rude but I do not get involved with the loyalist thing, don't fly flags,have no time for the OO or any organisation which divide my community. And definitely have no time for terrorists or their human rights.
Have time for a peaceful non terrorist linked united Ireland so we can all get on with life.
I do not see giving people a taste of their own medicine or using their tactics the same as becoming like them. WHY? Because no terrorist voluntarily holds themselves accountable to anyone but themselves. When has anyone taken the IRA or any loyalist crowd to the European Court of Human rights? Compare that to governments who abide by rules.
The harsh conditions that are being complained about would be nothing compared to those on the battle field in a strung out war and all that entails.Using whatever means to prevent this is fine by me,especially when the nut cases involved are among those who started this situation.
BTW McG of H I think it is disgusting that you compare the terrorists who carried out the Enniskillen Bomb, the Omagh Bomb, Claudy, Bloody Friday, with those of special forces, people who try and do prevent such atrocities. (ARD, Bloody Sunday was wrong also no excuse for it)
You hold terrorists up as some equivalent to special forces etc,complete nonsense, do you think Martin McGuinness took anti interrogation training, did he heck, for being second in command and all that he did not have the confidence of all the people he commanded. This person is one example of the so called hard terrorist, many many more like him on both sides.
You should know that those people who filled the H block were teenagers when they were caught, the good old terrorists recruited youngsters to murder people, are they hardened or just on the fringe?
These people would have to know the quarter master and have a plan of attack, who would give them that and the weapons to carry out such attacks. Popular phrase the Godfathers, these aren't hardened terrorists either as they hid behind the youth and sent them to do the dirty work.
Link that with Bin Laden, he sends others to do the dirty work and that's not a hard thing to do.
With all this fair play and not reducing ourselves to the terrorists level, how do you combat terrorism, Bin Laden in particular? If the world gives in to Bin Laden, how long would the moderates last, considering the radical would be in charge?