For thirty years the British army was deployed in Northern Ireland in an attempt to bring peace to the area. Granted this didn’t work very well, causing the conflict to spiral out of control and leading to a timeline of conflict that we call today “The Troubles”. For many the scars of this conflict still impact those involved personally today, and they carry that burden with them. Those who were born after the troubles are still affected by the times, especially when it comes to the political impact on Northern Ireland.
Recently though the arrest of an ex-member of the Parachute Regiment has just made a mockery of the entire process. The idea of the Good Friday agreement was to bring all members, of all sides together, and move forward. Each side treated equally, moving to bring justice to those who have suffered, and peace to those who detested the conflict that marred their homeland. There is a slight problem with that though, a problem that makes the issue one-sided. Soldiers have names, numbers, ranks, order, signed orders and thanks to those things, they have a responsibility for what has happened, and the outcome of orders they follow. So this soldier who took part is what is known as “Bloody Sunday” has been arrested due to the deaths that occurred that day, so following the justice part of the entire “Good Friday” agreement, why is that so wrong?
Well where are the terrorist arrests? Most of them have been released due to lack of evidence, or as part of the Good Friday agreement. The problem with Terrorists is they don’t have names, number, ranks; they have orders, but they have no responsibility. Thanks those who wish to make a mockery of any move forward, they will not name those people as guilty. They won’t stand up and say “He was a member of the IRA and killed people” because they feel they have “Won”. Well this confirms the victory of Terrorism over Democracy, by allowing someone who was ordered to do something to go to jail.
Why not drag out Jerry Adams, the man who hides behind children and a known member of the IRA and put him in the dock? Martin McGuinness, gun runner and bomb suppler, caught and convicted, yet apparently not a member of the IRA, why hasn’t he been arrested and convicted? Well let me tell you why; that wouldn’t be PC, nor would it move the peace accords forward. What is happening here is victimisation of those who are forgotten, those who can afford to be lost to provide peace. No one dares to stand against the Northern Irish “Democratic Terrorism”, where the terrorists are allowed to dictate policy, including the detainment of those who served against the IRA during Bloody Sunday.
The IRA have been the driving factor against peace in Northern Ireland. They want to get democracy through blackmail, and its what they have done since day one. Historically I am one of the first people to agree that we had no place in Northern Ireland, however I cannot change history, I can just look forward. What is happening now doesn’t support a true democratic process; it makes a mockery of those who have died to bring peace. It mocks those who obeyed orders from the side of order. Granted not every soldier was a saint; bring them to the dock. However as it stands we pander, daily, to the terrorists from Northern Ireland.
Its a time to take a stand, its time to back the true democratic order. I support peace in Northern Ireland, but it needs to be an equal peace. It needs to be peace where members of the following organisations are brought to justice equally, not just those who fought within the British Army:
Members of the above organisations have as much blood on their hands as any serving/ex-serving member of the British army. No one is innocent but lets not stand by and allow those who followed orders, who were ignored during enquiry after enquiry, suffer & pander to terrorists.
If you live in Northern Ireland and want peace; agree to equally prosecute anyone who took part in the troubles. If you live in Northern Ireland and want to bring justice to those who caused suffering; agree to equally prosecute anyone who took part in the troubles. Don’t hide people because they are family; because they fought “The good fight”. In war there is no “Good fight” there is only fighting. No side is right, no side is wrong; conflict is resolved through either totally victory, or a discussed peace. If you support the arrest of a ex-British Army soldier who was part of the “Bloody Sunday” massacre, then you support the terrorists that also committed atrocities during the troubles. You don’t want peace, you just want to place the blame on someone and move along.
That isn’t true peace, that’s a democratic travesty. One that is tied up in militarist-political lies, sold by terrorists to a tired people, eager for anything but violence. Is that the Northern Ireland you want? Well if this carries on, it’s what you will have.