The Saville Report was published today and it confirms what every rational person knew. Fourteen innocent people were shot down like dogs for daring to demand the same rights as any other citizen.
They were protesting against imprisonment without trial, and for their trouble the British government sent in a highly-trained combat regiment to suppress them.
I don’t know how anyone can blame the Parachute Regiment. They’re killers. That’s their job. Every country has trained killers to protect its interests.
The difference is that not every country sends trained killers to confront its citizens when they protest on their own streets about a manifest injustice.
And not every government tries to portray the murdered victims of those trained killers as criminals.
But on the other hand, not every government then sets up a new inquiry to investigate itself, and not every prime minister apologises on behalf of his country for what was done in its name.
I hope the families of the victims find comfort from this official confirmation that their brothers, fathers and sons were innocent, decent, ordinary people, cut down by a military power for daring to think that they were as good as anyone else.
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