see that the leader of the Ulster Unionists (well
for the time being anyway), David Trimble, has been
shooting himself in the foot yet again.
His faux pas this time? While attending an International
Conference of terrorism victims in Madrid, he told
the Associated Press news agency, "One of the
great curses of this world is the human rights industry,
they justify terrorist acts and end up being complicit
in the murder of innocent victims."
Quite a controversial statement for any political
party leader but coming from one who is a joint holder
of the Nobel Peace Prize, it was monumentally controversial
and was vociferously condemned by every human rights
group on the planet.
Actually, what the bold David was doing was, supporting
the Columbian Vice President, Mr Francisco Santos,
who was denigrating the human rights organisations
in his own country. I mean, why shouldn't he support
the representative from Columbia, a country where
the life expectancy of any trade union official is
equal to that of any Catholic resident of North Belfast's
in the 1980's and 90's, it might mean having to admit
that human rights violations did and do still occur
in that region of the North's biggest city. But it
could be that David is just a big lover of Coca~Cola.
Desaparecidos by Anthony McIntyre.)
And, talking about life expectancy, I see that the
PSNI have issued handguns to Ex-Paras to "protect
themselves from any possible retribution from the
PIRA after the Bloody Sunday inquiry."
wonder if they have issued one to Spookaticci, I mean
if and I stress IF, he is guilty of the allegations
made against him by ex-members of the security forces,
then he has definitely been instrumental in the deaths
of a hell of a lot more Republicans than any individual
Para ever was.
Anyway, if I was an Ex-Para I don't think I would
be too worried about being shot by the Provos. They're
too busy shooting Ex-Provos.
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