I wrote this post hurriedly on June 16, 2010, and it has lingered in my draft posts for some time. I don’t know why I never posted it before so I post it here unedited from the original draft form.
After 12 years and £191 million, the Saville Inquiry has found that the 14 people killed by the British military were wrongfully killed as none of them posed a direct threat of causing death or serious injury. This key finding is something that has been known for many years, and although the report did answer many other questions, and hypothesised as to whether the soldiers shot first for me it did not address a key question:
In 1972, 479 people were killed as part of the conflict known as “The Troubles” (Wikipedia) which means, after the 14 victims of Bloody Sunday, 465 people were killed and no inquiry or explanation for them has been given.
As mentioned in The Telegraphs report of the key findings:
Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, second in command of the Provisional IRA in Derry in 1972, was “probably armed with a Thompson submachine gun” at one point in the day, and though it is possible he fired the weapon, this cannot be proved. But the report concluded: “He did not engage in any activity that provided any of the soldiers with any justification for opening fire.”
So being a known terrorist, carrying a submachine gun at a banned protest march directed against the military, and possibly (probably, he wasn’t carrying it just for show) firing it at the military or police would not provide any soldier with any justification to open fire? A “wall of silence” existed about what exactly the IRA were doing on the day, with witnesses refusing (intimidated into silence) to name who they saw firing at the soldiers before the incident occurred.
The Saville Inquiry was a purely political gesture started by the Blair appeasement government which freed hundreds of active terrorists under the Good Friday Agreement. It brought no justice to those killed as it failed to address the motives and actions of the terrorist organisations that forced the events to occur.