Pity The Paras: They Are Victims Too, You Know

Carlos Latuff, a Brazilian political cartoonist, with a powerful and evocative depiction, thrusts his sharpened pen into the heart of policy and management at the Museum of Free Derry / Bloody Sunday Trust.

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Anthony McIntyre

Former IRA prisoner, spent 18 years in Long Kesh. Free Speech advocate, writer, historian, humanist, and researcher.

2 comments to ''Pity The Paras: They Are Victims Too, You Know"

  1. This is one of the most evocative political cartoons I have seen in quite some time. The ideas and emotions it conveys are manifold. It is hard to grasp how the Museum ended up in such a position. Regardless of whatever "modern" ethical argument may be made for the museum - and it has to amount to a jettisoning of a previous ethic - it seems a grave error for the museum to have proceeded in this way. It is understandable that a museum would want to include as much from the past that is representative of it. But not a museum associated with the Bloody Sunday Trust which is so deeply riveted into the events and emotion of Bloody Sunday.

    Rather than rant at the cartoonist or the women who staged the sit-in, the Museum/Trust should explain its action and welcome a discussion of how this came to pass including claims of what undertakings were made and honoured or indeed broken.

    Robin Percival has in the past made his case on this blog. Hopefully he or someone else from the project will do so in light of what has happened here.

  2. My father served along side Para's in the BA, they were in his words "Animals". So much so that in any incident over the 30 odd years that involved that regiment he instantly took the other side.

    "Victims" is very far away from a word he would ever have used for them.


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