A “new breed of terrorists” is emerging according to Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy, in the wake of the murder of journalist Lyra McKee who was shot in the head whilst covering the disturbances on the Creggan estate in Londonderry. He followed with terrorists were “lurking in the shadows”. A new breed suggests an enemy not previously known by the authorities, as though we haven’t seen this happen before, as though the troubles were a thing of folklore and we haven’t ever known a threat like it but this is patently untrue. We are experiencing a resurgence of Irish resistance off the back of the Brexit debacle. This is what Brexiteers wanted but in a complete split from reality they will not take responsibility for it.
In a month where we looked back at incidents of British terrorism inflicted on the colonies, the Jallianwalla Bagh massacre in Amritsar where British forces opened fire on peaceful protesters, the majority of whom were women and children and the trial of Soldier F, the only soldier to be held accountable for the Bloody Sunday massacre, a fact that saw bikers demonstrating in their thousands because they don’t think anyone should be punished for the terrorist murder of peaceful civilians, this “new breed” comment is its own kind of violence. The British high commissioner to India said Britain regrets the Amritsar massacre but stopped short of a full apology.
Time and time again the British have brutalised colonised communities and have many years later acknowledged the barbarity with which the empire operated yet they remain elusive, because admitting you did something wrong and actually feeling sorry about it are two different things. They admit to their actions but they really don’t believe they put a foot wrong. It made them who they are. They cannot apologise for bringing the world to its knees because then we would be seen as equals and reparations would have to be made, and they do not actually see a problem with the subjugation of non white non English subjects. The British empire used brutal military force the world over and somehow managed to capture the hearts and minds of its public as a force for good but this sits completely at odds with the way they are viewed by the rest of the us.
We have Muslim terrorists and Irish terrorists but we seem to have completely bypassed the worst of them all, the English terrorist. Even when they are committing acts of terrorism and planning them for weeks, drawing up manifestos like the calculated cold blooded murdering terrorists they are, Britain pities them with labels like ‘lone wolf’ and ‘mental health’ added on for good measure. No, what English terrorists need is sympathy because it is completely understandable that an historic oppressor would crack a whip to remind the colonised of their lowly position. Ireland and India have suffered terribly under British rule and this many years after independence continue to be mired by the devastation left behind, and deliberately. Both nations continue to struggle over borders, like a self sustaining colony that needs little interference from the architects to turn in on itself. The Israel Palestine conflict is another example of this.
Lyra McKee should not have lost her life on Thursday night. She was a bystander in this fight between historic enemies. To feel her death was unnecessary and to share the pain of her loved ones is not to align with the PSNI, this is not and never has been so clear cut. For them to use her murder as a sign that they are justified is typically gratuitous behaviour on the part of British authorities. To use her death as a springboard for the insidious agenda of an empire on its last legs, to utilise the terrorist moniker as an attack against anyone who objects to coercive power and refuse to label actual murderous terrorists as such shows just how little they actually care for public safety and the loss of precious life, unless it helps them to maintain existing structures of power and control. I cannot be the only one to feel so vehemently intolerant of it all.