Belfast Telegraph

Double standards on Paras

Editor's Viewpoint

A significant factor in Sinn Fein's acceptance of the Good Friday Agreement was the release from prison of Irish Republican terrorists.

Today, with shameless ease, Sinn Fein calls those who were released, not criminals but 'soldiers'.

Yet we now have a situation of real soldiers potentially being prosecuted for murder. Bloody Sunday was, without contradiction, a dark day for Her Majesty's armed forces. David Cameron personally apologised to the nation.

British soldiers who gave evidence did so in the belief that their participation would not lead to their being subjected to criminal proceedings. That may not now be the case.

At every opportunity, modern Sinn Fein with an intensity of arrogance and a propensity to offend, strategise with alarming distaste how best they can eulogise and commemorate former terrorists and their atrocities.

It appears they could not care less about whom they hurt, bringing back the stomach-churning memories felt by the bereaved families of Provo victims.

Sinn Fein pressurises for universal victimhood, putting terrorists on a par with the innocents butchered and mutilated by the Provisional IRA. Who would believe that such a travesty could be tolerated, let alone given credence.

Is the Shylock 'pound of flesh' being demanded in the form of prosecutions against 20 retired British soldiers not also a travesty? The Irish Republican so-called soldiers were given release on licence from prison as part of the Good Friday Agreement. In the same vein, are not these men from the Parachute Regiment entitled to have promises made to them about no prosecution honoured?

In the Paras' defence, it has been said that Saville produced no clear evidence of murder but, instead, there was evidence of badly-led soldiers 'panicking and losing control'. It has also been said that senior army officers in command should face charges.

Can you ever imagine the day when the Provo commanders are brought to trial on evidence of directing terrorism and issuing orders to go out and terrorise and brutalise innocent people? Well, they did, didn't they, and they haven't gone away.

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