Re: @ Dan Paul:
"The issue there was that YOU BRITISH DELIBERATELY gave them no other choice but to revolt against PROTESTANT rule. In order to throw that rule off, your actions almost justified their attacks on civvies."
I note that you do not extend your assumption to the people of Palestine. Do you not see the direct comparison? Also, the issues of NI were resolved by talking to people, after the reporting embargo was lifted.
"No, I'm old enough to be your grandfather"
Then you should know better. When you've wiped the foaming spittle from your mouth go and take a good, long look in the mirror, consider your statements as a whole. Your words regarding Palestinians, reporters, Christians (of denominations other than yours) and atheists reveal a lack of tolerance and consideration for any ideas other than those you hold personally. The anger you display shows that you are rabidly defensive of them; a sure indicator that you know, in your heart, that they are wrong, false, and illogical. Even if not (and I am guessing here, to a degree) your faith in your own religion should surely tell you this kind of hatred you express for others is misguided. I suggest you head back to your church and seek some guidance on peace, understanding and the universality of humanity, because you have clearly lost your way somewhere along the line.
If this reply angers you, good. Let that anger seep in and understand where it comes from - it's anger generated by the understanding that your beliefs, held for so long, are not good ones. I had the same revelation many years ago. (Yes, I am old enough to be a grandfather to some here too, and I have never had a basement of any kind to live in.)
If you refuse that reflection, if you cannot see what's wrong with your arguments, then you need to realise that your selective hate is just the same as ISIS and, in my opinion, whilst that doesn't make you an islamist (whatever that is), it certainly makes you a fundamentalist.
.....and fundamentalism is *always* wrong.