Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

Council wrong to fly Forces flag

Belfast City Council's decision to fly an Armed Forces Day flag for a week is a sad reflection of its disregard for many of its citizens.

This applies not just to Catholics, or nationalists, but also Protestants and others who are opposed to the role the British armed forces have played in Iraq and Afghanistan - disastrous wars, which have also led to the deaths of hundreds of British soldiers.

Outside Northern Ireland, it seems fine and 'patriotic' to support war, death and destruction on a massive level. There are non-violent alternatives: the Irish Network for Nonviolent Action, Training and Education (INNATE) exists to explore transforming conflict through nonviolence.

ROB FAIRMICHAEL

Co-ordinator, INNATE

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