Unprivileged Belligerency: The IRA
Noone, Michael F., Jr., Military Review
Formal declarations of war have long been out of fashion. But when a state of war . . . is recognized as such by all the countries involved in it, persons who kill innocent civilians (e.g., by bombing raids) are not regarded as murderers and may even be militarily decorated. If caught by the enemy they are entitled to be treated, not as criminals but in the special category of prisoners of war.
But what happens when one side holds that a state of war exists and the other does not? The IRA believe themselves to be at war with the United Kingdom and they use the language appropriate to a state of war, speaking of a "truce " or "renewed hostilities. " We on the other hand deny that a …
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Publication information: Article title: Unprivileged Belligerency: The IRA. Contributors: Noone, Michael F., Jr. - Author. Journal title: Military Review. Volume: 85. Issue: 5 Publication date: September/October 2005. Page number: 58+. © 2009 U.S. Army CGSC. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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