When I read the statement “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of those who have lost loved ones or have been seriously injured in this vicious attack” and I thought this must be a statement taken from the archives about the attacks on the people of Northern Ireland by the PIRA murderers.
I immediately thought of Teebane, Kingsmills, Claudy, Ennikiskillen and La Mon just to name a few.
But who had his name subscribed to that statement? Why, none other than the self-acknowledged PIRA leader from Londonderry Martin.
It is easy to issue platitudes from a distance; it would seem much more sincere if he visited the families of those viciously murdered by the PIRA and apologise to them and disclose the names of the perpetrators who not only carried out the vicious attacks but also the informers who provided the PIRA with the information to enable the attacks to be carried out.
His failure to do so entitles the word hypocritical to be properly applied to his statement.
The vast majority in NI acknowledge the horror of Nice but it should not be forgotten that compared to NI this was no worse; this claim is not meant to be unsympathetic but in comparative terms the position is there are 66 million inhabitants of France: Northern Ireland has a population of 1.8 million inhabitants, approx 37 to 1.
If this attack was similar to Teebane there would be 296 slaughtered: Kingsmill it would be 370 just to name two of the atrocities carried out by the organisation of which the Deputy First Minister still claims to be proud to have been a member.
When will Martin advise President Hollande that he must meet the leaders of the organisation which arranged this massacre and facilitate them becoming members of the government; pending all this happening will they (like Martin) be given the telephone number of the French equivalent of the Late Mo Mowlam so if they are detained by the French security forces they can call and be released?
Lyle Cubitt, Ballymena