Nothing can justify shooting innocents, even in such confusing circumstances as prevailed that August day in Ballymurphy

A letter from the Rev Ivan Foster:

Thursday, 13th May 2021, 7:47 am
Updated Thursday, 13th May 2021, 12:07 pm
The innocents of Ballymurphy in 1971 deserve sympathy, as do the ignored victims of atrocities such as Enniskillen in 1987, above

I would add my words of sympathy to those who lost innocent loved ones in Ballymurphy during what appeared to have been a firefight between the IRA and the Army.

The Lord will show no favour when adjudicating on the matter for it will not be finally settled until His verdict.

Nothing can justify the shooting of the innocent even in such confusing circumstances as appeared to have prevailed on that August day in Ballymurphy.

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I have noticed many other expressions of sympathy for the pain suffered by the innocent in the intervening years.

But I would be interested to hear from the people, who are now rejoicing at this court decision, if they have any words of condemnation for the IRA gunmen and bombers who killed and injured thousands of Protestants during the course of their terrorist campaign and if they would support an inquiry into such atrocities as took place in Enniskillen, Claudy, Omagh, Kingsmills and many, many other places, sadly ignored and shamefully long forgotten.

It was after all the terrorist actions of just such gunmen which sparked off the tragic incidents of that day.

Rev Ivan Foster (Rtd), Kilskeery, Co Tyrone

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