Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 29 July 2014

Responses to terrorism flag up hypocrisy

The Woolwich murder is tragic and the nation mourns the death of Drummer Lee Rigby.

But what is also tragic is when we have come across cases of terrorism and the response from the media and Government has been anything but condemnatory.

In Iraq in 2005, two soldiers murdered an Iraqi police officer.

Once captured, they were discovered to have been driving a booby-trapped car. Their intentions were clearly to inflict mass murder. Within 24 hours, they were rescued by the British Army. Two soldiers involved in the rescue received awards.

Why is some terrorism rewarded and another punished? The answer is in vested interests, but let's at least recognise the hypocrisy in this tragic state of affairs.

LOUIS SHAWCROSS

Hillsborough, Co Down

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