So its official, there is to be a Police investigation into Bloody Sunday, this after the hugely expensive (and extremely lengthy) Saville Inquiry. Certainly, lawbreakers must be brought to justice and dealt with accordingly,. and no-one should be above the law and , if soldiers are guilty of unlawful killing, it is time that justice caught up with them and that goes for any IRA men who engaged in nefarious activity on that day, using the convenient cover of a civil rights march.
Why is it that the events of Bloody Sunday receive more media and Government attention than most of the other bloodstained days in Northern Ireland’s recent history? We think of La Mon and Bloody Friday, of Enniskillen and Omagh, of Greysteel and Lochinisland, of Margaret Wright, of Anne Marie Smyth, and Paul Quinn and so many more.These acts of violence on the part of the perpetrators originated in their hearts and murder is a matter of the heart and the Bible sums it up in these words, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and deperately wicked: who can know it? I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.” Jeremiah ch.17.vs. 9&10. The Bible speaks of a time when “none calleth for justice” and we had an example of this today. The Boston College have been ordered to hand over tapes which may contain information on the murder of Jean McConville. What was her family’s response? “We are not seeking prosecutions,we want them named and shamed.” If Mrs. Jean McConville could speak, would she be happy with her killers being “named and shamed?” What of the Bloody Sunday families? If, after yet another investigation, the paratroopers are found “not guilty”, will those families be satisfied?