Birmingham was no accident

The wreckage left at the Mulberry Bush pub in Birmingham after a bomb exploded in November 1974. Photo: PA Wire

The wreckage left at the Mulberry Bush pub in Birmingham after a bomb exploded in November 1974. Photo: PA Wire

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Other survivors of the IRA’s ‘war’ must be concerned as I am by Peter Taylor’s claim yesterday that attacking civilians in Birmingham “did not fit into the IRA’s strategy”.

There have been similar observations about Enniskillen, though Tullyhommon gave the lie to that. Set the same day, that bomb targeted the Boys’ and Girls’ brigades – some military.

Many people have made such observations, that match Sinn Fein-IRA’s PR playbook.

It is offensive tosh that is never challenged.

It reflects a wider tolerance for the terrorist lie, among artists, singers and film producers: the same kinds of people that once had a love affair with the Soviet Union. Lenin called them ‘useful fools’.

All this only encourages republican self-delusion.

This community will never get anywhere until ex-terrorists admit what they did was not ‘accidental’, or ‘just war’ but ‘wrong’.

Then they can tell their children and grand-children the truth.

If not, they lay the foundations of another generation of mass-murderers.

J Charles Teggart, Bangor