Outrage is frequently expressed by certain politicians who very selectively “campaign for justice for disappeared victims” but start looking closer at their motives and rhetoric.
If the act of secret burial is what so offends these certain politicians, why avoid showing support and compassion for all cohorts of families pained by secret burials in unmarked graves? If certain victims bodies were recovered after months, years or remain un-recovered , does that alter the nature of this immoral deed or the motive of the perpetrator?
In the North, the British Unionist DUP and UUP will frequently lambast Sinn Féin for Irish Republican IRA and INLA paramilitaries having secretly buried victims in unmarked graves during our last conflict. But, curiously, the same political parties avoid mentioning those victims secretly buried in unmarked graves by fellow British Unionists in the UVF and UDA (see above). Why ignore these families?
In the South, Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael will opportunistically revisit conflict issues such as those victims secretly buried by the IRA and for the purpose of demonising Sinn Féin. Interestingly, these parties don’t bother expressing concern for the grieving families of those secretly buried during the same conflict by British Unionist UVF and UDA terrorists. Why not?
Also, Fine Gael don’t bother challenging the hypocrisy of Fianna Fáil as regards the disappearance and secret burial of fellow citizens in the South during our previous conflict. Namely, it’s been widely reported that Fianna Fáil’s Martin Corry TD was recorded laughing as he shot and secretly buried numerous citizens on his farm. Were these secret burials any less immoral and cruel?
The British state has through the ages buried in unmarked graves possibly millions of human beings. Admittedly, the majority will have been soldiers but it also secretly buried many civilians in unmarked graves across the world. Were the families of those soldiers and civilians any less hurt and distressed by them being denied a chance to bury their loved one and tend their graveside?
Of course, none of the above excuses the IRA for its utterly despicable act’ of secretly burying fellow human beings in unmarked graves. However, the UVF and UDA also perpetrated such cruel crimes and thus it’s hypocritical and immoral to ignore the families of the victims pictured above. Consequently, our society must ensure that any politician who fails to highlight and support all victims of such crimes is rightly condemned as a two-faced hypocrite.