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Unionists were good at enforcing authority

Mike Nesbitt (Comment September 21) stated: "The IRA took upon themselves the authority of judge, jury and executioner."

Has Mike read David Trimble's opus The Foundation of Northern Ireland? How did unionists become the government of NI? They simply set themselves up as the government with all the trappings, including the RUC and the B Specials.

They didn't just govern themselves, they imposed unionist government on Irish people who had been roped into the unionist state.

None of this justifies IRA atrocities. But, as Mike said, he hopes "any process for dealing with the past looks closely at the record of all involved down the years".

So, where do we start?

Malachy Scott

Belfast

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