We could sit here for weeks and discuss this but in truth people will always have their own opinion of the situation. I live in Northern Ireland and as I sit typing this a police helicopter is hovering not far from my house. Why? Because there is rioting going on 3 miles from where I live.
Why is there rioting I hear you ask? Well because today, two IRA terrorists who shot and killed a policeman, were brought to justice in court and sentenced to prison. So parts of the Republican community in the town that I live in are out in force. So far 4 vehicles have been hijacked and burnt out and its only the early evening. It will get worse during the night and indeed over the weekend.
To some republicans these two men were freedom fighters, but to Loyalists they are terrorists. There will always be two sides and its not something we can ever fix/cure/whatever.
In my opinion they are terrorists, worse than Al Qaeda, scum of the earth, prison is too good for them, they should be shot. Most people do view these people that way these days, even most of the republican community which is proved by the leader of the republican movement condemning the killing and attending the funeral of the murdered police officer. It is just small parts of the community that still see these disgusting things (I say things because IMO they don't deserve to be called humans) as freedom fighters, fighting for a cause.
Northern Ireland sure has moved on a lot and is continuously getting better, but I really can't see a way to completely remove these extremists from our society.
[EDIT] Here's a link to the news story about the trial of the police officer if you guys want to read it.