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Even though I don’t write that much about it anymore there are still some stories here in Northern Ireland that disgust me. Take this for example and as reported in The Newsletter today;

“The pastor involved in organising a walk in memory of 10 Protestant workmen slaughtered by the IRA has received a death threat. Pastor Barrie Halliday of Five Mile Hill Pentecostal Church in Bessbrook is helping plan the march which aims to retrace the three-and-a-half mile last journey of the men who were murdered by the IRA at Kingsmills in 1976. Yesterday Pastor Halliday, who has the full support of the victims’ families, confirmed that police had informed him of a death threat. “The message to me from the PSNI was that if we do proceed with the march through the village of Whitecross my church will be ‘burnt to the ground’ and I will be ‘shot dead’. It is pure intimidation.” There has been opposition – led by the SDLP and Sinn Fein – to the walk passing through the nationalist village of Whitecross, one of the last spots the men saw before they died in two hails of 161 bullets.”

161 bullets. Carnage. And I remember all the funerals that followed, several to the Church I attended back then.

I know Barrie Halliday, he is a former TUV colleague and I am very saddened to hear that local republican scum have issued a death threat against him.  As regular readers know, the Kingsmill massacre is the one that made the deepest impact on me and I have written plenty about it. The idea that 36 years AFTER these innocents were slaughtered there are people about who would threaten the families of the bereaved and their representatives is, frankly, unbelievable.

In fact, it gets even worse;

“Last night, the Parades Commission directed that restrictions would be placed on the route. These include only the sole survivor of the attack – Alan Black – and two relatives of each of the 10 men murdered being allowed to walk through Whitecross on February 25.”

Why? Surely EVERYONE who shares the pain and hurt of what happened to these families should have the right to make this moving procession? This is a sop to IRA/Sinn Fein and to my way of thinking it is an affront to the families of the murdered. Northern Ireland has become a world where morality is twisted out of all recognition in order to sustain a phony and bankrupt “peace”. The Parades Commission, that most undemocratic and Orwellian of bodies, once more deserves criticism for not accepting the FUNDAMENTAL right of all those who support the quest for Justice for the families of the Kingsmill massacre to walk this route. Can you imagine the OUTCRY of the Parades Commission imposed similar conditions on the Bloody Sunday march?

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20 thoughts on “THE UTTER PERVERSITY OF PEACE PROCESSING…

  1. I suspect that the report doesn’t give the full story.

    If Nationalists are allowed attend the walk, they should walk the route in their thousands and commemorate those killed in this mass murder. If they are not wanted on the walk – and with Willi Frazer involved this is very likely – you can understand them not wanting to see in their village a walk from which they’re excluded just because of their religion.
    Either way, however, they should let it go through. People should never be prevented from mourning.

  2. It is more the perversity of those unable to accept the peace process, namely dissident IRA types. Unless of course one wishes to welcome back the days of such massacres, which is what those who wish for the days of the war process wish.

  3. Just to make clear – the Kingsmill atrocity was pure evil and the victims’ families have every right to commemorate it.

    However, the sinister (albeit ridiculous) figure of Willie Frazer suggests all is not quite as it seems with this parade.

  4. “And I remember all the funerals that followed, several to the Church I attended back then”

    Do they include the funerals of the six people of two families that were murdered the night before the dispicable horror of Kingsmills took place or, like most unionist commentators on Kingsmills, have you chosen to airbrush those out?

    Kingsmills was an inhuman sectarian barbarity with weeping Willie Frazer trying to fan those sectarian flames once again. The “walk” should be allowed to proceed with two restrictions; That it’s a one off and doesn’t become a “traditional route” and that weeping Willie is banned from attending.

  5. Paul McMahon – why should Willie Frazer be banned from attending. Is he not from the same village and endured personal tragedies also? Why should it be a one off? Do Protestants not have rights to express their hurt? The two that were killed the night before are entitled to their moment of grief. There is still another 364 days in the year! I don’t understand the need to juxtapose one group of victims right to mourn over another.

    I note a few points here. The media are refusing to name the atrocity as the work of the IRA despite the HET unequivocally confirming it as such. The local provisional SF rep Conor Murphy is making a big scene for someone who was convinced after the HET report that it was nothing to do with the provisionals. Surely, he should be encouraging the march to highlight the dichotomy between the “non-sectarian RA” and this shadowy splinter group that managed to arm itself with IRA weaponry and then disappear overnight never to be seen again.

    This whole thing is deeply disturbing for the Republican movement as it provides an insight into the raw sectarian bigotry that drives their agenda. I am not surprised they are ashamed to admit to this Nazi genocidal tactics. The only thing that amazes me is that they are not more ashamed of the rest. The IRA campaign was a nakedly sectarian war of genocide against the innocent Protestant population. No amount of flowery speeches at Stormont and Washington can cover up the tombstones of the innocents all over Fermanagh and South Armagh border. Justice may not be done in this life, but that just makes the next even more terrifying for those who carried out these atrocities!

  6. Willie Frazer still believes that Eugene Reavey was guilty of this terrible act,I wonder what other unionists think

  7. This is a disgusting development and deeply traumatising. It is similar to the effect of being taunted on here about a physiological response to initial trauma.

    What happened to these families from terrorists was pure evil. How they are being treated now by officialdom is vile.

    The restrictions as to pictures of their loved ones and that only two members of each family can go are just despicable.

    I don’t know and to my knowledge have never met any of these family members but my heart is broken for them, for hang to endure this taxpayers funded salt being rubbed into their wounds.

  8. Aileen – even in the trying circumstances of the issue at question, good to see you pop in with your usual good sense. Hope all is well.

  9. Thanks Mahons and likewise you and your brood. Wee people are such a delight. Linked to the subject matter at hand, in my darkest days when I couldn’t take the company of adults, I found toddlers very soothing on a raw soul.

    Not sure what happened re the “hang to endure” as opposed to “having ….”. Could I get away with trying make out it is Ulster Scots?

  10. Eloquent response P.Samuels, allow me to make my own response and answer some of your questions:

    “Why should Willie Frazer be banned from attending. Is he not from the same village and endured personal tragedies also?”

    Well, apart from Willie obviously trying to stir up sectarian tension in the area there are a few other reasons. Willie is the guy who believes that loyalist sectarian murderers “should never have been locked up in the first place” and had “a lot of time for Billy Wright”, the notorious Co Armagh sectarian murder squad leader Billy Wright. Now, given your geographical proximity & personal tragedy rule / justification for Frazer attending the “walk” why should the Nationalist community of Whitecross, where the Reavey brothers were murdered by the notorious Glenanne Gang, a group of loyalist paramilitaries and/ or security personel,( of which Willie’s father was allegedly a member), be subjected to the presence of a man who, according to RUC intelligence, “was known to associate with members of loyalist paramilitaries?”

    “Why should it be a one off?”

    For exactly the “traditional route” argument. Why should it be a regular event? Of course Protestants have the right “to express their hurt” , (as do all), but not to the detriment of others who have experienced hurt, namely the nationalist population of Whitecross, some of whom were allegedly murdered by relatives & associates of key members of Willie’s, (selective), victims group.

    “The two that were killed the night before are entitled to their moment of grief. There is still another 364 days in the year! I don’t understand the need to juxtapose one group of victims right to mourn over another”

    You prove my point re unionist selective omission of context surrounding the Kingsmills atrocity in a bid to bolster their selective victim narrative. The night before Kingsmills six Catholics were shot. At 18.10 in Whitecross three Reavey brothers were shot with two dying almost immediately and one dying a month later. At around 18.30 in Ballydougan, twenty miles away from Whitecross, three masked men burst into the O’Dowd home and shot dead Joseph O’Dowd and his two nephews. All were allegedly murdered by the same Glenanne Gang.

    The two killed the night before? Incredible!!

    “I note a few points here. The media are refusing to name the atrocity as the work of the IRA despite the HET unequivocally confirming it as such”

    Patently untrue, as a few cursory searches demonstrate:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-13800042

    http://www.u.tv/news/IRA-blamed-for-Kingsmills-atrocity/1b20f205-9322-4a21-9f01-77ab80ac7be9

    http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2011/0617/1224299072055.html

    “The local provisional SF rep Conor Murphy is making a big scene”

    Maybe he’s just abiding by the wishes of his constituants?

    http://www.crossexaminer.co.uk/archives/7959

    “I am not surprised they are ashamed to admit to this Nazi genocidal tactics. The only thing that amazes me is that they are not more ashamed of the rest. The IRA campaign was a nakedly sectarian war of genocide against the innocent Protestant population”

    Nazi genocidal tactics of a nakedly sectarian war against the innocent Protestant population? Hyperbolic much?

    I’ve heard the “border Protestant sectarian genocide” narrative before and have asked for stats, (which have never been forthcoming), as to those murdered on the basis of their religion. I have heard the argument that the overwhelming majority of those killed along the border were part time members of the security forces but have never been able to verify the argument either way.

  11. I just want to comment here to add my good wishes to Aileen . It always makes my heart skip a beat when I see one of her rare comments here, although I understand fully her reluctance to participate here regularly.

  12. aileen –

    I’d love to, but since it’s a DV post only DV can delete.

    Tell you what, we’ll pretend not to notice the extra bless.

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