7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Informative but you wonder as to the motivations of the author?,
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Stakeknife: Britain's Secret Agents in Ireland (Paperback)
A rather schizophrenic book. Ingram just can't seem to make up his mind on his viewpoint. He criticizes the conduct of the FRU yet accepts that their actions save many lives. He disapproves of moving heaven and earth to protect agents but then accepts if they didn't the same agents would end up tortured to death. He questions the ethical ramifications of allowing agents to commit some crimes in order to maintain their cover but at the same time acknowledges that if they didn't do so it would be disastrous for all concerned. He seems to fret excessively about families of assassinated terrorists who think that being an `informer' is somehow a mark of shame (growing up you heard about these murders and wondered if they really were informers? Now it seems that they were actually terrorists cleverly set-up by the FRU so that they'd be killed in order to take the heat off genuine informers). Ingram really seems to want to have his cake and eat it? I just don't know what he wants to achieve by this, reading the book even when it's entirely written from his point of view you still side with the other members of the FRU who oppose him. Also disliked his attitude to the RUC, total lack of empathy, he did his tour and went home, the RUC lived with the threat of murder all their lives.
Perhaps the most interesting part is his explanation on how informers are recruited, the various motivations of why people betray. Also interesting the extent to which the FRU succeeded in their task, especially the fact they even recruited agents within the Eire police, the Garda. The heroism of the FRU and those who work for them is just incredible, you think the entire organisation should qualify for a medal.