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GUEST,Paranoid Android BS: British Army reward murderer. (148* d) RE: BS: British Army reward murderer. 10 Apr 05

Sorry to hear about your "visit" from the army. It gives us some insight into the cause for your bitterness. I can't justify their actions but it is probable that some of those soldiers had friends who has been killed by the IRA and they were bitter as well. The same applies to the RUC. When a police force is operating in the knowledge that each member is a "Legitimate target" for a section of the community it is impossible for them to exercise "normal" policing within that community. Hopefully we have seen the end of tit-for-tat atrocities and the fact that no policeman or soldier has been shot for several years bears out that hope. I've just heard on the radio of an incident in Belfast this morning where a policeman discharged one shot. While you might wish to view this as as another example of "armed repression" I would view it (purely on the basis of the news report) as a neccessary action and take consolation in the fact that in a similar situation 20 years ago that policeman would have found it necessary to shoot to kill in order to preserve his own life. As for Mr. Paisley, I always viewed him as the IRA's best recruiting officer but even he must by now have come to the realisation that co-operation is the only way forward. We can only hope for a PEACEFUL re-unification of Ireland sooner rather than later.

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