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Trying troops for killing during the Troubles in Northern Ireland is a disgrace


Belfast Telegraph letters to the Editor

Belfast Telegraph letters to the Editor

Belfast Telegraph letters to the Editor

At present, there are two crises which face our beleaguered and hapless Stormont Executive - the Renewable Heating Incentive (RHI) scandal and the arrests and forthcoming trials for murder of two Parachute Regiment soldiers in their 60s for the shooting dead of an IRA member, Joe McCann, in April 1972.

The RHI scandal has received more publicity than any other scandal, but it is the scandal of two soldiers facing trial for the killing of Joe McCann that is equally as important and deserves more attention from those in Government at Westminster and unionists at Stormont.

On Remembrance Sunday, we saw our Prime Minister and leaders of our political parties all standing at Whitehall to remember the sacrifice made by our military in wars and conflicts throughout the world.

Yet, within a matter of weeks, we see two soldiers - prepared to put their own lives at risk, under command from the Government and military chiefs at the time - facing trial.

What was the difference between what these soldiers did in 1972 - shooting a terrorist - and what the US Navy Seals did in May 2011, when they went into a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, and shot dead Osama Bin Laden, also a terrorist, at the command of US President Barack Obama and his administration?

Imagine the outcry in the US if these Navy Seals were to be arrested and tried for unlawful killing or murder. Why should it be allowed to happen in Northern Ireland?

The problem is that in Northern Ireland, unionists have put IRA terrorists into government, who are pursuing this witch-hunt against our military, and the DUP is powerless to stop it.


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