Wednesday, June 16, 2010

But will there be prosecutions?

So, the Saville inquiry into the Bloody Sunday massacre has finally reported back after 12 years, and told us what we all already knew: that the shooting of unarmed civilians was absolutely unjustifiable, that none of them was carrying a gun, and that there was no threat posed to the soldiers. While the report backs away from such language, that makes it murder.

The question is now whether there will be prosecutions. People have been murdered. Their killers must be held to account, and it is the government's duty to do so. The report has been passed to a QC to assess whether charges can be laid, but this being the UK, the suspicion is that the establishment will once again attempt to sweep things under the rug in order to protect the reputation of the British Army. That cannot be allowed to happen. The truth has been uncovered; now there needs to be justice.