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Monthly Archives: April 2019

Lyra McKee was a 29-year-old journalist who was shot dead during riots in Derry on April 18th. Early reports suggested that a gunman had fired on police and that Lyra was an unintended casualty. It’s nonsense of course but the IRA (of whatever stripe) and SF push the lie that there’s been a war of liberation with attacks mounted on army, police and employees of the state. There was a possibility therefore that the old perverse argument would be given an outing, that the killing of Lyra McKee was an unintended outcome of a military engagement.

Then the video of the killer in action emerged. It might have been expected that he would crouch with a rifle, take aim and unfortunately hit a bystander. Then the conditions would be present for that perverse argument. It cannot, however, even be advanced because the video record does not show a “volunteer” carefully aiming a rifle. It shows a man with a handgun shooting not at a police officer but in the vague general direction of the police. The target in this instance was not the police; it was anyone at all. In stark terms, civilians were targeted and that means it was yet another unambiguous war crime.*

 

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* Here’s a blog on commemorating Irish war crimes as such: https://colummccaffery.wordpress.com/2019/03/19/the-dignity-of-the-nation-requires-that-irish-war-crimes-be-commemorated-as-such/

 

 

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