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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

it's NEVER too late

for the truth (or at the very least, the START of the truth)

Bloody Sunday report reveals truth at last
Bloody Sunday was one of the most shameful incidents in British history.
It was shameful in two ways. First, in Londonderry on January 30, 1972, British troops cut down 14 civilians, the largest number killed on British soil since the Peterloo massacre of 1819. In a sense, it was Northern Ireland’s Tiananmen Square. Secondly, a hastily convened government inquiry into the atrocity under Lord Widgery rushed out a
report that was a blatant whitewash. It not only exonerated the actions of members of the Parachute Regiment (the Paras), but also smeared as bombers and terrorists some civil rights protesters who died that day.
Yesterday, perhaps against the odds after so long, the families of those who died and the people of Londonderry got what they had always yearned for: the truth. And it was a shocking truth. More than a decade after public hearings began, Lord Saville concluded that all of those who died were unarmed and innocent; that some soldiers had given “false accounts”; that no warnings were given; that there was a loss of self-control by soldiers from the Paras; that some of the those shot were fleeing the scene, dying on the ground or attempting to tend the wounded. And though there was some firing by Republican paramilitaries, this did not justify what happened....................

note: i DETEST bono and all he is. i DETEST u2 and how popular they are (for a mediocre band at best). but of course this has to be posted along with the article above.

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