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Hero-worship of Kenya killers is inevitable

WE have all been appalled by the atrocities at Nairobi's Westgate shopping centre and probably few of us have given much thought to the terrorists who were killed by Kenya's security forces as they tried to rescue the hostages.

As we watch the bodies of men, women and children being collected, it is almost unthinkable that, somewhere in Africa, there will be people talking about the killers as 'heroes', as 'brave volunteers', who gave their lives for their cause. Yet it will happen in Africa, just as it happens here.

There is always someone who is prepared to hero-worship a killer. Does it make a difference if it is al-Shabaab in Kenya, the IRA in Castlederg, or the UVF in Belfast?

TEACHER

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