I WAS critical (Write Back, March 11, 2011), as were others, about the seeming bias in HET investigations and general inquiries into circumstances where either loyalists, or the security forces, had killed nationalists, Catholics, or republicans during the Troubles.
This trend seems to have returned when, inside a matter of months, Loughinisland, Finucane, Bloody Sunday and the Ballymurphy incident (to name but a few) are all on the agenda once again.
Accusations of police malpractice and collusion with elements of the state abound. Same old same old.
I wonder if some of the other, even more heinous, crimes of the Troubles, perpetrated by republican terrorists, like Bloody Friday, La Mon, Droppin' Well, Enniskillen and Claudy, to name but a few, will ever be re-investigated. Those responsible for planting the bombs and those who sanctioned each remain at large.
I am not hopeful, for there is the foul stench of hypocrisy pervading this matter.
It seems to me that collusion with the state is now most acceptable when it suits republicans and their ilk, as those who were in the organisations responsible for these atrocities may now be in government and are being protected from being investigated on the shallow pretext that to move against them might prejudice the 'peace process'.
Peace at any price? Equality and equal treatment is - and always will be - a one-way street.
Ballyclare, Co Antrim