Thursday, June 17, 2010

Saville Report on Bloody Sunday

British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday unreservedly made an apology for the deaths of 14 people on Bloody Sunday (i.e. January 30, 1972). The long-awaited Saville Report ruled that all the victims fired on by the Army were completely innocent. And the paratroopers were condemned for running amok and losing control during the civil rights demonstration in Londonderry, Northern Ireland in that fateful year (Webpage, posted June 15, 2010).

This tragedy drove hundreds of new volunteers into the illegal Irish Republican Army (IRA) armed group, which stepped up its campaign of bombings and shootings. It was not until 1998 that a peace deal was brokered in Northern Ireland.

"Unjustified and unjustifiable," said Cameron. "What happened should never have happened."

The report, 5000 pages and 10 volumes long, painted a picture of the British paratroopers going out of control as they encountered stone-throwing protesters in the wake of the march against internment without trial.

The exhaustive, minute by minute examination of the chaotic event showed soldiers in "a state of fear or panic", shooting dead people who were, in the main, running away from them. Shots were fired "without warning" at unarmed civilians, the report concluded.

The truth has finally prevailed.

In the second Group B fixture between Greece and Nigeria today, the former thumped the latter 2-1 – a first ever WC finals win for Greece. I didn’t want to watch this match but ii was important for Greece because this win kept alive their hopes of qualifying from Group B.

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