Tuesday, May 09, 2006
Come off it.
Would this "society that used to pride itself a 1950's sense of community" be the same one where 200 to 400 people were being killed each year in murders every bit as senseless and brutal as this one during most of the 1970's? Try reading through the pages of "Lost Lives" sometime.
You seem to have far too rosy-tinted a view of the way things were. Sectarian murder of this kind is far from being a new phenomenon in Northern Ireland, even if Bebo pages may be a novelty.
What commentators tend to overlook is the different experiences different parts of NI had of the "Troubles". The murder triangles of North Belfast and Mid Ulster are a long way from the leafy avenues of BT9 and North Down. In the areas unscathed by the violence I contend that people, perhaps in denial about what was happening up the road, did have a smug 1950's attitute towards their immediate community. Ballymena used to be one of those places yet now we have baseball bat weilding child killers roaming the town.