A COUPLE of quotes that you might be surprised by when you find out who said them. Here’s the first: I am very saddened by the death of another person in Iraq. I would like to offer my condolences to this young soldier’s family. The loss of every life in Iraq is a terrible tragedy. Not withstanding my position of being opposed to the war in Iraq, I think of the many people who have lost their lives in Iraq and I extend my condolences to those who have lost loved ones there including Iraqi families as well. As this young soldier is someone who came from my own native city, there is particular sympathy there. And the second: [T]here can be no toleration of members of illegal organisations taking over housing estates and we saw the shooting of an officer of the PSNI, that is intolerable and totally unacceptable. The speakers are below the fold.The first is from Sinn Fein Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, whose response to fatal mortar bomb attacks on British soldiers has changed dramatically since the days when he was an IRA commander in Derry
The second is from SF leader Gerry Adams, who says he never belonged to an illegal organisation that shot police officers in the back.