So Martin McGuinness has decided it is time to express sympathy with the families of the two PSNI officers murdered by those who could only be described as former fellow combatants in the organisation of which he was a leading figure.
Is it possible the weaponry used in these murders was part of the arsenal which, we were all misinformed, had been totally decommissioned? As such, does Martin not accept some responsibility for these deaths - and not only in that respect?
Were some of these men seduced into the organisation and trained in murder when he was involved in similar atrocities?
On the basis of his statement, the widows and families of the UDR and RUC members who were tortured and slaughtered by these psychopaths are surely entitled to know why their loved-ones were so different from the two PSNI officers.
To adapt the Merchant of Venice: I am an RUC widow. Hath not an RUC widow eyes? Hath not an RUC widow hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions; fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, heal'd by the same means, warm'd and cool''d by the same winter and summer, as a PSNI widow?
If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you murder us, do we not die?
And, if you wrong us, are we not entitled to the same justice and the same consideration from the deputy First Minister?
Ballymena, Co Antrim