Prisoners, problems, victims and the state…

ARGUMENTS over the release of terrorists/ political prisoners aren’t isolated to Northern Ireland, as the freeing of Red Army Faction leader Brigitte Mohnhaupt in Germany shows – especially when they express no remorse. Victims and survivors, unsurprisingly, feel hardest done by, as it’s easier for politicians who don’t have to deal with the pain of loss to ‘move on’. Back home, that seems to be how the father of a young policeman who died in an IRA bomb feels, in a series the Tele is running on victims. If there can be a common theme in the two parts published so far, the second interview being with Catholic whose legs were blown off by a UVF bomb, it’s a feeling expressed by both victims that the Government deserted them in their hour of greatest need. Mercifully, both men seemed to find some solace in support groups.