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Jean was not an accidental casualty, someone made a decision to kill her

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Illustration by Jim Cogan

Illustration by Jim Cogan

Illustration by Jim Cogan

Abducted by four women and four men at gunpoint in front of her 10 children, as some of them clung crying to her legs. Beaten, and driven across the Border to an IRA kangaroo court to meet her fate. Tortured, bones broken, made to kneel on the ground and shot in the head. Thrown into a ready-made grave, and covered over, until the sands of time eventually gave up her remains, 31 years later. "That's what happens in war," according to Gerry Adams speaking on CBS last week.

He couldn't have delivered that line in a more cavalier way if he had tried. Jean McConville was not an accidental casualty of conflict that just "happened".


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