Provides a unique insight into the beliefs and political ideology of the Ulster Defence Association (UDA) and the Ulster Freedom Fighters (UFF).
This book is a unique insight into the beliefs and political ideology of the Ulster Defence Assocation (UDA) and the Ulster Freedom Fighters (UFF). Featuring interviews with key members of these paramilitary groups, many conducted inside the Maze prison, Colin Crawford presents a thorough analysis of Loyalism and the role that Loyalist paramilitary groups continue to play in Northern Ireland's troubles. He also provides an insider's account of the workings of state-sponsored terrorism.Crawford explores these tensions and assesses the difficulties that the UDA faces in the wake of the Good Friday Agreement. He analyses the Ulster Democratic Party's failure to win seats in the 1998 elections, and he examines the conflict between those who are motivated by the profits of crime and drug trafficking, and those motivated by political ideals.The book makes disturbing and often heartbreaking reading, and it marks an important step forward in understanding the Loyalist position - for it is only through improving our understanding of the experience of all citizens in Northern Ireland that lasting peace can be achieved.
AcknowledgementsAbbreviationsPreface: By Marie Smyth1. Introduction To The Conflict In Northern Ireland2. Researching The UDA3. The UDA/UFF: History, Organisation And Structure4. Phase One: Beginnings. The UDA's Chaotic Sectarian War 5. Phase Two: The 1980s UDA/UFF - From Infiltration To Re-Organisation6. Phase Three: The Mid 1980s Travelling Gunmen And The Selective Strategy7. Phase Four: The 1990s The Selective Strategy And Retaliatory Sectarian Murder8. Phase Five: The Shankill Bomb And The Greysteel MassacreConclusionBibliography