Saville Report and Inquiry….

16 Jun

My opinion of the Bloody Sunday and the Saville Report remains the same after the inquiry as before. The inquiry should not have taken place,  its finding considered partisan, and the inquiry will lead to further demands.

The inquiry should not have taken place

In 1992 Prime Minister John Major said in a letter to John Hume (leader of the SDLP)

“The Government made clear in 1974 that those who were killed on ‘Bloody Sunday’ should be regarded as innocent of any allegation that they were shot whilst handling firearms or explosives. I hope that the families of those who died will accept that assurance.”

The Saville inquiry came to the same conclusion only it took them 12 years and £195 million costs to spread it over 5000 pages.

The need was to move on with the political process, acknowledging the past, moving onwards towards a peaceful future (if the Good Friday agreement was truly supposed to draw a line under Northern Ireland’s violent sectarian history). Instead we have had 12 years of anguish for some, a re-opening of injustice for many others.

The inquiry and its findings considered partisan

The findings would never satisfy everyone, and has opened as many wounds as healed. A victim of IRA terrorism has said there is a ‘hierarchy of victims’. Those killed by terrorism never had a £200 million investigation into the unlawful killing of their loved ones.

Some claim the State and government are rightly accountable for actions carried out in its name (actions of terrorist are beyond their control). If the government has a duty to see justice done, it’s to give justice and closure to all victims.

The inquiry will only lead to further demands

The Prime Minister has said the report should help communities

‘come together to acknowledge our shared history, even where it divides us. That is not to say that we must ever forget or dismiss that past. But we must also move on.’

I am not sure David Cameron is correct. The findings are being used by nationalist to accuse the British Army on Bloody Sunday as being the catalyst of Northern Ireland sectarian terrorism.

We will likely see attempts at prosecutions now, and attempts at revisionism of the cause of Northern Ireland’s recent violent history.

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2 Responses to “Saville Report and Inquiry….”

  1. smilingcynic June 16, 2010 at 9:24 pm #

    General Sir Mike Jackson, the erstwhile head of the British army, was the ground commander on that faithful day we remember as Bloody Sunday.
    How did this man get to the top of the army, why is there no information in the press about his involvement. Did his silence, convienent loss of memory or involement in a cover up get him to the top. WE MUST KNOW. The Saville report CANnot be the end. It should be the end of the beginning!!!!!!!!!

    • fiale June 16, 2010 at 10:52 pm #

      General Sir Mike Jackson was not out on the streets that day, as far as I am aware he has never made any excuses for the behaviour of the troops or lied about any conduct.

      I would suspect if you have any information that contradicts what is widely believed then you would need to back it up with some sort of evidence. Suggesting he was involved in a cover up without any evidence is a one way trip slander’ville.

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