Don't let the guilty get away with it
We need to remember that it's the criminals who bear responsibility for their crimes, not the police, says Ruth Dudley Edwards
'I've been reading all about the Birmingham pub bombings," wrote a commentator last week on that invaluable blogsite, www.sluggerotoole.com, "and it seems they were entirely the police's fault. Funny old world, innit." "Most IRA crimes are the fault of the police," responded another mordantly. "The remainder are the fault of the victims."
Plenty of arguments in this particular punch-up were summarised trenchantly by a contributor called MainlandUlsterman: "My observation is that there seems to be an agenda-owning process around terrorist crimes where people sympathetic to the terrorists seek to get as many column inches as possible on the policing operation, whatever the terrorist crime, and as few as possible on dissecting the terrorism itself. They do that by a relentless focus on policing while maintaining a relative silence on the terrorism. The most recent Birmingham pub bombings coverage is a case in point."
So is that on the inquest into the Kingsmill massacre.