Well attended SDLP event at An Feile last night. Truth. Reconciliation. The Past. Victims.
Panel chaired by Alex Attwood MLA.
Catherine McCartney…whos brother was murdered some years ago.
Brid Quinn from South Armagh…whos son was beaten to death with iron bars by fifteen people.
Eleanor Toner…from the Windsor Village Womens Centre
Mark Thompson from Relatives for Justice.
And contributions from the flor, including the 59 year old man whos brother was murdered ….shot four times in the head, having been tortured for ten hours. Nearly forty years ago. No arrests ever made. The Historic Enquiries Team cant deliver.
Discussion. Some people want/ need CLOSURE. Others just want Justice. Many have given up on both. That Victims have been asked to put their hurt aside, in the name of the Greater Prize of Peace. Do we have Peace? Or just Passivity? Can we stomache that the “actors” State and Paramilitary senior figures are lauded and lionised and actually in charge of Government?
Can anybody really deliver anything for Victims?
When David Cameron called the Finucane Family to Downing Street, only to tell them that they would never find the Truth about State Collusion…it typified the fact that there are just too many secrets that “have to be” kept.
We are left with trauma that is even affecting people, who were not even born during the Troubles.
THERE ARE NO WORDS OF MINE THAT CAN ADD ANYTHING TO WHAT I HEARD LAST NIGHT.
AND FOR ONCE…IN THIS BLOG THAT RELIES ON COMMENTS…THERE ARE NO WORDS OF YOURS THAT CAN ADD ANYTHING.
WE….I….TREAT VICTIMS, THE PAST, RECONCILIATION LIKE IT WAS POLITICS. OR ACADEMIC.
ITS THE MOST BASIC OF ALL HUMAN EMOTIONS. THE VERY STUFF THAT MAKES US HUMAN.
LAST NIGHT WAS JUST ONE OF THOSE TIMES.
SO…I WANT TO LEAVE IT EXACTLY AS IT WAS. NO COMENTS. THANKS.