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    Default British government apologise for another army killing in NI.

    I have done a search for a thread on the British government's latest apology: BBC News - Apology after man shot dead by Army in 1974 but cannot find one. I chose the Current Affairs forum as the apology was made Monday or Tuesday and reported on BBC yesterday.

    Cunningham was shot in the back as he ran away from soldiers. He was 27 years of age with the mental age of a child (I presume the British Army soldiers were not to know this). He was unarmed.

    I suspect we'll have many more of these apologies as the years go by. However, what will never be measured is the numbers of people who were driven into the arms of the para-militaries by incidents like these. The nationalist community knew about these injustices but with the British media believing their government line, and the Irish media not bothering it's arse to investigate or report fairly on anything to do with NI (still to this day) it's hardly surprising that many nationalists turned to the IRA and others. This, in turn, would have led many loyalists to join their para-military groups.

    The British Army has come in for serious criticism worldwide over the years but we'll never know just how much damage their inefficiency and brutality caused in NI.

    Anyway, RIP John Pat Cunningham.
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    Excelt/liar, any thoughts on this? No one else seems to care but you might.
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    British government apologies mean nothing in light of their actions.

    The likes of the soldiers who butchered civilians in the bogside got homecoming parades and medals, instead of being threw into a jail for the rest of their miserable lives.

    They have shown time and time again that they weren't bothered by the murders of Irishmen so their mealy mouthed apologies hold as much weight as an explanation from Bertie Ahern.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Narcissist View Post
    British government apologies mean nothing in light of their actions.

    The likes of the soldiers who butchered civilians in the bogside got homecoming parades and medals, instead of being threw into a jail for the rest of their miserable lives.

    They have shown time and time again that they weren't bothered by the murders of Irishmen so their mealy mouthed apologies hold as much weight as an explanation from Bertie Ahern.

    Concur 100% narc, these butchers and their supporters have no place in the new Ireland of equals.

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    About as worthwhile as republican apologies then.
    have you met a loyalist Suggesting they really should become part of a united ireland would be like suggesting a space marine has sweaty man sex with an an Orc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by likesfish View Post
    About as worthwhile as republican apologies then.
    Explain.
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    Well, we will try to make apologies mean something, by learning from this and trying to prevent similar incidents in the future. And I would agree that one of the key mechanisms to prevent re-occurences is to ensure that all security force killings are properly investigated and crimes and mistakes are punished.
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    Quote Originally Posted by likesfish View Post
    About as worthwhile as republican apologies then.
    Governments and armies should be held to higher standards than terror groups.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kev408 View Post
    I have done a search for a thread on the British government's latest apology: BBC News - Apology after man shot dead by Army in 1974 but cannot find one. I chose the Current Affairs forum as the apology was made Monday or Tuesday and reported on BBC yesterday.

    Cunningham was shot in the back as he ran away from soldiers. He was 27 years of age with the mental age of a child (I presume the British Army soldiers were not to know this). He was unarmed.

    I suspect we'll have many more of these apologies as the years go by. However, what will never be measured is the numbers of people who were driven into the arms of the para-militaries by incidents like these. The nationalist community knew about these injustices but with the British media believing their government line, and the Irish media not bothering it's arse to investigate or report fairly on anything to do with NI (still to this day) it's hardly surprising that many nationalists turned to the IRA and others. This, in turn, would have led many loyalists to join their para-military groups.

    The British Army has come in for serious criticism worldwide over the years but we'll never know just how much damage their inefficiency and brutality caused in NI.

    Anyway, RIP John Pat Cunningham.
    It was far from an isolated killing of an unarmed civilian by the British Forces in Ireland in that year:

    "Hugh Devine (30) Catholic
    Status: Civilian (Civ), Killed by: British Army (BA)
    Shot during altercation with British Army (BA) foot patrol, Olympic Drive, Ballycolman, Strabane, County Tyrone.

    Patrick McElhone (23) Catholic
    Status: Civilian (Civ), Killed by: British Army (BA)
    Shot shortly after being taken from his home by British Army (BA) patrol, Limehill, near Pomeroy, County Tyrone."

    Not forgetting the 34 innocent civilians deliberately murdered in the Forgotten Massacre.

    Not one British Forces killer jailed, convicted, charged or even arrested.

    Don't know if they were promoted in these instances as happened after the Bloody Sunday massacre.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarnivalOfAction View Post
    It was far from an isolated killing of an unarmed civilian by the British Forces in Ireland in that year:

    "Hugh Devine (30) Catholic
    Status: Civilian (Civ), Killed by: British Army (BA)
    Shot during altercation with British Army (BA) foot patrol, Olympic Drive, Ballycolman, Strabane, County Tyrone.

    Patrick McElhone (23) Catholic
    Status: Civilian (Civ), Killed by: British Army (BA)
    Shot shortly after being taken from his home by British Army (BA) patrol, Limehill, near Pomeroy, County Tyrone."

    Not forgetting the 34 innocent civilians deliberately murdered in the Forgotten Massacre.

    Not one British Forces killer jailed, convicted, charged or even arrested.

    Don't know if they were promoted in these instances as happened after the Bloody Sunday massacre.


    Don't know about promotions sir, but many of these State killers were awarded medals.

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