For all of you who missed the documentary on RTE last night
The film sheds light on three decades of reported collusion between Loyalist paramilitaries and the British security forces in Northern Ireland.
A deliberate doomsday strategy on the innocents
Unlawful – Out of Control
Wilful and abject failure by successive UK governments
British denial – cover-up – apology after a new government had been voted in
A pattern of official apologies without accountability and acceptance of responsibility is emerging in Northern Ireland
Official apologies can function as a way to shield state institutions, deflect further scrutiny, deny culpability, avoid effective redress and placate and silence victims.
In this context historical injustice may be intensified rather than rectified, causing more harm than good, at best glossing over past wrongs and at worst facilitating impunity and re-traumatising victims.
Special thanks to Sèamas at An sionnach Fionn who provided the link
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One might well regard it as forty years and several hundred deaths too late but RTÉ, Ireland’s public service broadcaster, seems to have finally recognised the need to investigate and report on the details of Britain’s historic “dirty war” in the north-east of the country. Perhaps it is the passing of an older generation of British-sympathisers within the corporation, men and women who formerly maintained a censorious grip on the network’s news and current affairs department, which has allowed ordinary journalistic ethics to come to the fore, free of ideological concerns? Or perhaps it is simply the times we live in, a post-invasions’ world, where the cynicism and disbelief created by the fatuously-named “War on Terror” has inspired others elsewhere to look again at the received narratives they were fed by those in positions…
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