Tony Novosel is no stranger to these pages and through his recently published–Northern Ireland’s Lost Opportunity: The Frustrated Promise of Political Loyalism–has shown that he has a consummate grasp of the conflict here and in particular the working class Loyalist perspective. Tony currently is a History professor at Pittsburgh University and his present class are studying all aspects of the past conflict. Here are the first two of a list of questions posed by the class. The hope is that the questions provoke a response and help those”outsiders” garner a better unsderstanding of “The Troubles”.
- Looking back on their prison experience, was it worth it? Was their involvement in the violence worth the time spent in Longkesh?
- How were the tensions in both Crumlin Road and Long Kesh when they were first sent to the prison with the members of the IRA. What led loyalists to a “non aggression” pact with republicans in prison. Did the loyalists resent in not being allowed to act out against the IRA in prison?
Northern Ireland’s Lost Opportunity: The Frustrated Promise of Political Loyalism by Tony Novosel (7 Jan 2013)