Was watching Reeling in the Years last night and the year was 1981 and there was an interesting segment on Bobby Sands. I admit its one area of Irish/British history that I was not very well up on but have done quite a bit of reading since and would like to know whether you think Bobby Sands was a true martyr in the sense that his death galvinised Republicanism and enabled more of the world to see the oppression Catholics suffered at the time or was he a complete scumbag in that his death and martyrdom was used by the IRA as a stick to beat the British and carry out a campaign of violence? Interesting quote taken from the Chiacgo Tribune that I came across that was published just after his death...
"Bobby Sands and Mahatma Gandhi""Mahatma Gandhi used the hunger strike to move his countrymen to abstain from fratricide. Bobby Sands' deliberate slow suicide is intended to precipitate civil war"
Chicago Tribune, 28 April 1981, 1-15
1981 Hunger Strikes