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The republican splinter-group the Real IRA has an objective to get soldiers re-deployed on the streets of Northern Ireland.
With more attacks on the RUC/PSNI we believe we can reach the stage where British soldiers are brought back onto the streets to bolster the cops. This will shatter the facade that the British presence has gone and normality reigns.
After getting over the immense hypocrisy of a so-called separatist group actually attempting to have the "crown forces" deployed on their streets I dismissed the statement as (possibly drunken) wishful thinking on the part of the Real IRA and sensationalism on the part of the Sunday Tribune who carried the article, however the PSNI are taking the threat of dissident republicans relatively seriously and are increasing their activity, including additional vehicle checkpoints.
It remains to be seen whether or not this fringe grouping prove to be any real threat. Last November they shot and tried (but thankfully failed) to kill two off-duty police officers, including a Catholic officer shot outside a school in Londonderry where he'd just dropped his child off.
The question I keep coming back to is this: as a society we have already endorsed and rewarded one terrorist campaign by putting its participants in highly-paid government jobs, so how do we go about tackling a fresh one with a bit more of a backbone?