Bloody Sunday should be remembered – but for the right reasons

Some events are so monumental that they never go away.

Perhaps it is right that Bloody Sunday should always be remembered – although perhaps we may hope the way it is remembered will change over time.

It was an atrocity that helped perpetuate the violence that became known as the “Troubles” in Northern Ireland.

Of course, some will want those responsible for this an other acts – on both sides – to make amends. That is only natural.

Others will want to consign the whole conflict to history.

This Writer will not suggest either side is correct. How can I? I was not there; I was not directly involved.

But I will say I think the peace is far more valuable to all of us, and anyone commenting on the events of those years should be careful not to enflame sentiments again.

The grandson of Éamon de Valera, one of the key politicians in the founding of the Irish Republic, has called for an end to the prosecution of an ex-soldier accused of killing civilians in the Bloody Sunday massacre in 1972.

Éamon Ó Cuív, a Fianna Fáil TD and former Irish government minister, said he supported an amnesty for all those involved in the Northern Ireland conflict from 1969 to the 1998 Good Friday agreement, and this had to include the paratroopers involved in one of the most infamous atrocities of the Troubles.

“Whether it is ex-IRA volunteers, loyalists, the old RUC, the Ulster Defence Regiment or British soldiers, there should be an amnesty for all,” Ó Cuív told the Guardian.

Source: Bloody Sunday anniversary sparks call for Troubles amnesty | UK news | The Guardian

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2 thoughts on “Bloody Sunday should be remembered – but for the right reasons

  1. mohandeer

    I totally agree with the sentiments expressed. The past should never be dead and buried but remembered if only to serve to remind of us of the lives lost and the cost to all concerned. Once we decide that we will make exceptions for some atrocities, it soon becomes a matter of reciprocity and the other side wants their pound of flesh. As Gandhi said, the trouble with an eye for any eye, is that , eventually the whole world ends up blind. An agreement was reached, it should not be breached. Just my own opinion.

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