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Sarma, K
2007
December
Studies In Conflict & Terrorism
Defensive propaganda and IRA political control in republican communities
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DEHUMANIZATION VICTIMS
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The IRA's training manual, the Green Book, stresses the importance of preparing their sympathetic audiences for impending attacks through propaganda campaigns that vilify the intended target and otherwise support the moral legitimacy of the action. Such "defensive propaganda" creates the conditions under which a population with normal moral values can either support or be apathetic toward terrorist actions. Or drawing on terminology introduced by Albert Bandura, the strategy facilitates the community's moral disengagement from an inherently immoral action and in doing so protects the popular support upon which the republican movement relies for its military and political existence. This article examines the IRA's use of defensive propaganda against members of their sympathetic community and introduces a conceptual overview of the structure of such campaigns.
DOI 10.1080/10576100701670888
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