Excellent article here by the ever-readable Kevin Myers.
As he puts it…
“Why is the British press hiring a defeated terrorist warlord as a moral arbiter over the British Army?”
“In July 1972, two Protestant brothers from North Belfast, Peter and Malcolm Orr, went out to meet their Catholic girlfriends. They were picked up by the Provisional IRA from Ardoyne and shot dead, simply because they were Protestant. The Provisional IRA so deplored this double-murder that the brothers’ killer, “Cleekie Clarke” (who is now dead) went on to become Gerry Adams’ personal bodyguard. Those glory days, however, lay ahead: at that time Gerry Adams was merely the commander of the IRA’s 2nd battalion in Belfast. We now know that he was responsible for ordering the Bloody Friday offensive, that same July, in which nine people were killed and 130 others were injured by more than a score of IRA bombs in Belfast.
David McKittrick’s ‘Lost Lives’ quotes an eyewitness of the time:
“The first thing that caught my eye was the torso of a human being … It was recognisable as a torso because the clothes had been blown off and you could actually see parts of the human anatomy. One victim had his arms and his legs blown off and some of his body had been blown through the railings. One of the most horrific memories for me was seeing a head stuck on a wall. A couple of days later we found a vertebra and a ribcage on the roof of a nearby building. The reason we found it was because seagulls were diving on it.”
Mr Adams – terrorist warlord and Guardian approved moral guardian.