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Wednesday, 16 June 2010

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I've seen Hastings this morning on the BBC and I think he is totally right.
We have a similar problem here in Spain, with what is called 'memoria histórica' (historic memory?), wich lies upon the idea that not all victims are equal.
We sometimes forget what a bless is to be able to forget.

I saw a Beeb programme years ago in which a minister of religion described how he saw a gunman with a pistol firing at the troops. Mind you, that's no reason for the troops to ignore their instructions and fire on the "useful idiots" who constituted most of the crowd.

"to be able to forget"

Indeed, Prtega, that is sometimes difficult - but with the Irish it is impossible.

You are right, 'DM', and perhaps I should have made clear that amongst the Paras there are a fairly high percentage of what Orwell called "rough men, which in the case of some of them is a mighty understatement!

Irish Alzheimers - they forget everything but the grudges.

Anyway, the historical analogy for you, David, is the Act of Oblivion passed at the Restoration.


1968 was a banner year for the British Army. It was the first year (and only) since Monck’s Regiment (Coldstream Guard) laid down it’s arms as soldiers of the Parliament and picket them of as soldiers of the King in which a British olidier was not killed in action. 1969 the IRA started a war. Many valid complaints on both sides but let us not forget who starred the “troubles“.


Hastinegs
As David Cameron rightly said, there can be no possible excuse for what the Paras did.

But no soldiers would have been on the streets that day with loaded rifles had not the IRA been killing their comrades for months - two RUC men were shot in Derry only three days before Bloody Sunday. The Provisionals ran the Bogside, and resisted every incursion by troops or police.

Found this a while back which speaks fo the 99.99 % who did a tough job, did it well, with no thanks.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9C4fj5CfvA&feature=related

It was a banner year in more ways than one, Hank, it was the year I left the army - to its great relief!

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