It just beggars belief! The whole Civil War. Ever since the Unionists imported arms on a massive scale the Nationalists knew they were not getting a 32 County State. At any rate there was no prospect of a peaceful 32 County State.
The Ulster Covenant and the importation of arms by Unionists put the gun into Irish politics. The so called Civil War has framed and shaped the nature of Irish politics since.
One of the peculiar aspects of the Civil War is that it was all but exclusively fought in the 26 Counties.
Why did the anti treaty forces not just invade the 6 northern counties or limit their activities to that area?
Instead they attacked the part that was freed?
One obvious reason was that they would have been facing unsurmountable military opposition there.
The option of refusing the Anglo Irish Treaty would have delivered nothing!
Just what was the Civil War all about?
Was it just about venting fustration at former comrades?
What Collins setteled for in 1921 Dev settled for in 1927 and Gerry and Martin settled for in 1998!