It’s true, that only a handful of security service personnel were ever brought before a British imposed “Kangaroo court” in Ireland. Many of the judges who presided over trials and investigations (like Lord Widgery with “Bloody Sunday”) were former military men themselves. You may remember the young 12 year old girl, Majella O’Hare, who was shot twice in the back by a British soldier in 1976; an innocent child on her way to church. And what comfort was afforded to her bereaved family? The charge was demoted from murder to manslaughter by the RUC, because the soldier claimed an IRA sniper was in the area (despite no evidence of that). And to add insult to injury, Lord Justice Sir Maurice Gibson OBE, acquitted the murderer entirely – after he and his patrol were verbally abusive to Majella’s father as she lay dying in his arms by the roadside. Dr Liam Fox and the Ministry of Defence have since had to apologise for the murder and now accept that no evidence ever existed of an IRA sniper nearby; that it was fabricated lies to help enforce an amnesty for massacring Irish people by Crown forces, in and out of uniform.
This wasn’t the only occasion on which Lord Maurice Gibson overlooked the cleansing of Catholics. When three unarmed men were killed after the RUC riddled their car with bullets at a Lurgan checkpoint; he achieved legal notoriety across the world. Gibson, looking the crying families in the eye, handed down an acquittal to the murderers and actually applauded them for bringing the deceased to “the final court of justice.” Even the vehemently anti-republican government in Dublin at the time protested at such apparent bias and commending of state-sanctioned murder against the nationalist community. Gibson was allowed to go on and on absolving the British of their sins, until he was brought “to the final court of justice”.
This was the reality of British “justice” in Ireland; where mercenaries, either imported or home-grown, could slaughter you and your family without any inhibition from the state. Those solicitors brave enough to challenge this were faced with the state deterrent that they themselves would be “fair game”. And let’s be honest, the bodies which we presently have at the minute for investigating these crimes are not pro-republican, many of their personnel would be of a unionist perspective and yet even they are having to conclude that what went on here was shocking. The reason the militarists within the DUP (including many former RUC and UDR men) and Ministry of Defence don’t want to face up to this reality is because they know that if the public and the world knew the full details of the Orange syndicate and Loyalist murder-machine they were operating, people might change their mind fast on wanting to ever be citizens in or associated with the British state. They know that the North of Ireland was to the Crown what the “killing fields” of Cambodia were to the tyranny of the Pol Pot regime.
Comments are closed.