Healing is happening in North but this parade will only feed distrust
Published 10/08/2013 | 05:00
There is no such thing as a good time to commemorate the act of planting a bomb – nothing associated with bombing deserves to be celebrated.
But tomorrow's Tyrone Volunteers Day parade to honour IRA members is a particularly repellent choice of date. It coincides with a service to mark the Omagh bomb's 15th anniversary, when 29 men, women and children, along with two unborn babies, were sacrificed to further a perverted interpretation of nationalism.
Bombs do not distinguish between 'legitimate' targets and civilians. Bombs kill and maim indiscriminately – sometimes, they even wipe out those who construct and transport them.