This weeks Anderstonstown News carries a column by IRA enforcer Bobby Storey–yes the same Storey who is Chief Provost Marshal–and was an accomplished bank robber amongst other various vocations–none of which were legitimate. The column is a tribute to the three would be indiscriminate bombers whose plan was to detonate a bomb aimed at the British Army in Gibraltar but which would also have killed or maimed an untold number of tourists/civilians. Mid March sees the 25th anniversary of the killings in Gibraltar and the subsequent deaths at Milltown cemetery and the two soldiers trapped in their car at those funerals. There are republican plans to commemorate those who died–apart from the 2 soldiers I would imagine–and these include marches and white line protests in West Belfast. Hopefully these will pass off peacefully and I see no reason why they wont given that anything that Sinn Fein organises of late seems to get the nod from both Stormont and Knock Headquarters. See Sean Kelly and Padraig Wilson for proof. In an era where we are being urged to put our differences behind us to look for a shared future, a pluralist society and that to compromise is the way forward to the rosy society that Sinn Fein envisage-Storey does nothing to entice this section of the community. Whilst it is okay to demonise anything Loyalist including bloody flag protestors–who have incidentally become the reason for all Northern Ireland’s ills including the economic downturn..it seems to be okay to elevate those who were hellbent on destroying this country–and others, in their murderous campaign. McCann Farrell and Savage were not just content to kill and maim here but obviously were prepared to go to great lengths to slaughter innocents abroad. Thankfully they were intercepted and in keeping with their own form of summary justice, taken out. This of course led to much finger pointing and inquiries but the reality is that it was no different to the IRA shooting what they classed as legitmate targets in the security forces–either on or off duty. The IRA claimed to be involved in a war against the ” Brits “–so it is rather duplicitous to claim wrongful killing. The point is that while there are those who would further divide our society on a daily basis what are the realistic chances of a coming together of an already polarised population? Same chance I think as the three bombers in Gibraltar once the SAS had them in their sights on the 7th March 1988.