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3 July 1997 Edition

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When governments resort to methods that are illegal, unjust, or inhumane, even when these methods are directed against the guilty or the dangerous the effect is not to preserve law and order but to undermine it.

US Congreesman Christopher Smith in a letter to British Direct Ruler Mo Mowlam on the use of plastic bullets in the Six Counties, which was signed by 22 other US Congessmen.


If we are serious about Bloody Sunday, the first step would be to acknowledge the wrongs perpetrated by our own army [Free State]. Taking the moral high ground on this one is as dangerous as standing on a pile in Kerry during the Civil War.

Examiner columnist Ryle Dwyer on calls for a British government apology for the murders of Bloody Sunday, Saturday 28 June.


Séamus Mallon sounding increasingly more like a Tory backbencher than one of the leaders of constitutional nationalism.

Editorial in the Andersonstown News on SDLP attitudes to the British armed forces, Saturday 28 June.


The Ku Klux Klan resplendent in white pillow-cases might wish to express their civil liberties with a lazy stroll through Harlem. And some white Afrikaaners, perhaps the White Wolves or the AWB, in a heartfelt show of solidarity with the oppressed Orange Order of Ireland might consider strutting their stuff through a few Soweto townships. The logic is simple: do not march where you are not wanted.

Letter on Orange marches to the Irish Times, Monday 30 June.


Realistic hopes of a deal between the two sides appeared to end on Friday, however, when proximity talks talks chaired by Miss Mowlam collapsed. The government had told Orangemen it planned to allow the march in Portadown, County Armagh, to proceed if no local agreement was reached. It was undrstood that the decision was linked to a deal with David Trimble, the Ulster Unionist Party leader and a Portadown Orangeman, which secured his qualified support for the government's watering down of the requirement for the decommissioning of terrorist weapons if Sinn Féin enters all-party talks.

A report in the Daily Telegragh, Monday 30 June.


The ten-month obscenity at Harryville was allowed to continue despite the clear breach of the law. Can you imagine what would happen if a crowd behaved in a similar way outside a synagogue in Britain on even one occasion?

Jack McDowell and John Robb, Irish Times Tuesday 2 July.

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