January 29, 2009 at 8:53 am Leave a comment


The Eames/Bradley Report which proposed giving £12,000 to families of all those killed in Norther Ireland’s Troubles is proving as divisive as any religion or sectarianism.

How can it be right, morally or ethically, that the family of a terrorist gets “rewarded” the same as the family of an innocent?

And, I know, many of you will be screaming at your computer screens saying that one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter……..Nelson Mandela…..blah, blah, blah. But I am sorry, you are wrong! Plain wrong.

A freedom fighter does not bomb innocents on a crowded shopping area in Omagh. A freedom fighter does not shoot dead a policeman directing traffic or a prison officer on his way home. A freedom fighter does not lob grenades into the crowds of mourners at a funeral.

The people who did such things, on both sides of the sectarian divide, are terrorists and criminals pure and simple. I am sure that they were loved by their friends and family but to reward the circumstances of their death, in the course of perpetrating a reign of terror against the non-combatants on the islands of Ireland and Great Britain, is simply wrong.

Remember the innocent victims first and foremost. Truth and reconciliation is something I hope we all strive for in Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic. Wrong has been done on both sides. But, black is not the same as white; good is not the same as evil; and a hooded coward killed setting a bomb in a pub is not the same as an innocent shopping on a Saturday afternoon.

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