Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Murder in Ireland

My thoughts are with the family and friends of murdered PSNI police officer and grandfather Stephen Carroll gunned down in Craigavon and my thoughts go out to those close to murdered soldiers, sappers Mark Quinsey and Patrick Azimkar murdered by gunmen in Antrim.

I was watching the BBC News and looked in horror at the terrified faces of women interviewed on the streets of Craigavon who didn't want a return to violence and who had children who had never experienced the terror on the streets and others interviewed who have enjoyed the recent peace in that great but troubled land of Ireland.

Thousands marched on the streets, people crossing political divides to condemn the murders. Silent protests and vigils mean that people care about their society and their communities as any peace loving people should do. I hope it passes a message to those that attempt to destroy what has been worked so hard for and which has had such a heavy cost in lives over the decades that the ordinary Irish people do not want violence of any kind. All politicians have so far joined the condemnation, some more vigorously than others and I hope those responsible are brought swiftly to justice.

Ten years since the last police officer murdered, 12 years of peace, troops down from 27,000 to 5,000. What an achievement against seemingly overwhelming odds. Let those politicians who were once on the 'other side' play the right hand and not deal a winning solution to the dissident terrorists who will be watching their reaction closely.

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