I am confused. I was in the I.R.A
myself once and as a volunteer it would have been
one of my duties to fight the British Army, maybe
even kill one if I had been any kind of a shot.
As a result of my 'Volunteership'
I could also expect to be shot and killed or hurt
by that British Army.
I am now deeply worried. I watched
the news on July 12th and saw a former I.R.A comrade,
Gerry Kelly,standing,arms spread wide across a retreating
British Army jeep protecting the British soldiers
I have not slept a wink since seeing
that. Did some incompetent give me the wrong instructions
when I joined the I.R.A? I will be very cross indeed
if I find out that I was inducted into the Army by
some eejet who got things arse about face!
I saw poor Gerry the next day, looking
to be in great pain, his arm in a sling. Again was
I misinformed when I was told I might have to suffer
for Ireland, Gerry is suffering for Britain today?
If I did mis-read induction papers
and wrongly thought that I was to fight, not defend
British soldiers then I must say, in my own defence,that
mine was a genuine mistake. I suppose it is a bit
late to apologise to any British soldiers I may have
hurt but if it can be any consolation to them I will
be lighting candles in St Mary's chapel today for
my sin of misunderstanding.
I remain yours in deep anguish and