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Justice is the Right of All Our Victims

Gemma McCartney • 28 May 2005

They murdered my brother without regard...

Do they think that does not hurt?

It breaks my heart.

They thought they could walk away because they had the shield of the IRA...

But the IRA is a more educated animal than these beasts and true Republicans have seen through their attempts to dismiss the actions that were authorised that night.

When the army council held an internal inquiry the result upheld the reasoning that the killers must be held accountable for their actions.

Despite public calls from the leader of Sinn Fein these men still act without account and dismiss the authority that they swore allegiance to.

Will time ease their conscience?

I will make it my task to continuously remind them of the error of their ways and the debt they owe us all.

Brave men who have fought and suffered for principles have admitted that this crime has become a public embarrassment to their aspirations for truth and justice.

This must be rectified before the credibility of nationalism, republicanism or political mandates can be restored.

On the international stage, the people who became embroiled in the events of that night have been shown to have acted like a pack of hyenas with a blood-lust that strikes fear to the core of society.

When there is no hope of mercy, justice or accountability the very fabric of society begins to dissolve.

The moral disciplines by which we live will most assuredly cast our destiny... and the Irish reputation for civility and respectability died on that night.

How can the man in the street begin to fix what has been so damaged?

I am tempted to say: write to your MP (MLA, or representative).

That may vent your anger or opinion... but in any normal society the mechanism is a system where the price for murder is imprisonment.

I want people to say to their brother, sister, cousin and neighbour:

‘We want a fair society. Who can deliver that for us?’

Rebuke those who suppress your freedom of speech by verbally attacking you, argue the case for righteousness and stand up to threats (implied or real) because together we stand united; divided we all lose our future.

While the police need the support of the public to prosecute criminals, witnesses to that crime need to fulfill their social and moral obligation to protect the victims.

How many of the readers of The Irish News would hesitate to telephone for an ambulance if they arrived at a serious road traffic accident?

Regret after the event is one thing... but to remain inactive and not try to make amends is inexcusable.

It may take courage that you thought you did not possess but doing something to prevent crime can only yield benefits for us all in the future.

Support for justice is a flaming torch that needs to shine through any attempt at cover up.

Ours is the right to claim justice, demand justice and expect justice for all victims.








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Index: Current Articles

31 May 2005

Other Articles From This Issue:

Justice is the Right of All Our Victims
Gemma McCartney

Quis Separabit? The Short Strand/Markets UDA
Anthony McIntyre

Civil Law as an Instrument of Resistance
Peter Mason

A Salute to Comrades
Dolours Price

Behaviour of Young Gets Worse
David Adams

Recognising Similarities, Delivering for the People
Mick Hall

One Republican Party
Dr John Coulter

Venezuela: A Common Brotherhood
Tomas Gorman

May Day versus Loyalty Day
Mary La Rosa

One Eyed Morality
Anthony McIntyre

Lying in Wait for the Dutch Tsunami…After the French Earthquake

Michael Youlton

22 May 2005

How Those In Power Respond
Anthony McIntyre

Seeking Clarity — And Safety
Justice for Jimmy Campaign

Behind the Betrayal
Philip Ferguson

Self-Deception and Distortion
Tomas Maguire

Civil Case/Witch Hunt
N. Corey

No Entry
Anthony McIntyre

The Moral Reason Never to Tell
Dr John Coulter

Venezuela: Beginning to Borrow Some Revolution
Tomas Gorman

Dangerous Drugs
Sean Fleming

Rebel City
Liam O Ruairc



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