Hypocritical attitude to terrorism in Britain
Published 02/05/2011 | 05:00
ON the one hand Britain can send 10,000 troops half-way across the world to fight in Afghanistan in an attempt to deter international terrorism, yet seven masked Real IRA personnel in full paramilitary uniform in broad daylight can hold an Easter Day rally in a Derry cemetery, inciting violence and terrorism and threatening to kill British police officers, and the British security forces don't arrest them.
And why, in 2005, was an 80-year-old, John Catt, arrested by police under the Terrorism Act in Brighton for wearing an "offensive" T-shirt which suggested that Bush and Blair be tried for war crimes yet these Real IRA men were left alone?
And why was Maya Evans, in the same year, arrested and convicted of breaching the new Serious Organised Crime and Police Act by reading aloud at the Cenotaph the names of 97 British soldiers killed in Iraq and yet these seven men were not arrested and charged?