Alan McBride, who lost his wife and father-in-law in the Shankill bomb, took part in the Sinn Fein Summer School in West Cork this past weekend. The Summer School is a “forum for debating progressive ideas about building a better Ireland.”
Also present was Amanda Fullerton who lost her father, Eddie Fullerton, a Sinn Fein Councillor, in 1991. He was murdered in Donegal by Loyalist paramilitaries.
According to Declan Kearney, SF National Chairman, there are “uncomfortable conversations” to be had.
Mr.Kearney wants a Truth Recovery Process, which he sees as a “new phase of our peace process.” He wants to create reconciliation across the island”, and he wants a non-recriminatory approach.
This is doube-talk par excellence!
What Republicans (and Loyalist paramilitaries) really want is to heap collective guilt on everyone in Northern Ireland. We cannot judge terrorists for their outrages because we bear collective responsibility, we all contributed to creating the conditions that led to “the Troubles.” We are all guilty (to some degree or other), civilians,the Police, the Army and the “combatants” (terrorists/paramilitaries). Now, there have been some “bad apples” in the security forces and some cover-ups and wickedness in high places but that was the exception not the rule. The vast majority of the security forces were honourable and courageous and the majority of the citizenry of Northern Ireland were and are law-abiding.What of the terrorists on both sides, what was their modus operandi? The deliberate infliction of murder and mayhem on the citizens of Northern Ireland (in the main, though not exclusively because Loyalist paramilitaries have targeted the Republic and the IRA have targeted the British mainland.) So the “collective guilt” label is patent nonsense and designed to bring the evildoers in from the cold, then sanitise them and then portray them as victims.
When Mr.Kearney was interviewed by Stephen Nolan, he was asked the question, “Are you saying the Shankill bomb should never have happened? He did not an answer. He did say, however, that, “the conditions of conflict and war have been removed.” What has removed the “conditions” that required an outrage like the Shankill bomb? Why the” peace process”,of course, which rewarded those who engaged in “conflict and war” (Loyalist and Republican paramilitaries).
What are we to make of sincere, well-meaning but sadly, foolish Alan McBride? He has supported the peace process for several years now and he has made peace with the terrorist organisation that perpetrated the Shankill bomb, but God is not at peace with any unrepentant murderer, indeed He is angry with the wicked every day and the wrath of God abides on such.
Mr.McBride is not seeking justice for his loved ones anymore, yet, the Lord says to those who took their lives, “What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.” Genesis ch. 4 v.10.
Amanda Fullerton deserves justice for her murdered father even though she may not be seeking it.
Loyalists have not only targeted Catholics and/or Republicans, they have turned on their own community and the same is true of the IRA et al. Two particularly terrible examples are as follows.
In the year 2000, Loyalists brutally murdered two Protestant teenagers, Andrew Robb and David McIlwaine and, in 2007, Republicans brutally murdered Catholic man Paul Quinn. These poor individuals discovered that they were in far more danger from their own side than from the “enemy”.
The only solution to lawlessness and terror is not appeasement, it is law and order and the enforcing of it, and by strong deterrants such as capital punishment or, at the very least, much longer prison sentences which, in some cases, must mean life imprisonment.