"13 gone but not forgotten, we got 18 and Mountbatten"

That was the graffiti which went up on the gable walls in Republican areas thirty years ago today.

Today marks the 30th Anniversary of the IRA assassination of Lord Louis Mountbatten and the killing of 18 members of the Royal Parachute Regiment at Warrenpoint.

Both Operations were carried out by the South Armagh Brigade of Oglaigh Na hÉireann.

The reference to 13 is in relation to the 13 Irish people that the Parachute Regiment murdered in Derry on Bloody Sunday. It was presented as revenge and was the single biggest loss of life which the Crown forces suffered since the end of WWII.

I watched the RTÉ and TV3 documentaries into the killing of Mountbatten in Mulloghmore.

I can't and won't stand over the killing of the civilians on Shadow V, including Paul Maxwell.

That said as a member of the British Royal family Mountbatten was a legitimate target and he placed those civilians in harms way by coming to an island where his Crown forces still occupied its 6 North Eastern counties.

We can't change the past but we can place the blame on the correct people, the British Establishment.

These people can't expect to deny a people freedom, encage its people in a sectarian bastarised state and then feign shock when the people arise to demand their freedom.

I also don't accept the old chestnut from many left wing people in England and Scotland which tries to remove blame from the average British soldier. They present such soldiers as the victim of the capitalist class system, used and abused by the British elite.

Every British soldier that came to this country had a choice; they choose to take a gun to the throat of the Irish people.

When times were hard many working class English and Scottish men choose the dole rather than the Imperialist Crown Forces. Those are the real men of value.

While I was living in London I had a chance to speak to many of these men. I remember one telling me about how all his friends joined the British army when times were hard. I asked him why he never did.

He told me that they would have had to nail the uniform to his back. He said that he was not put on this earth to deny freedom to others.

The relationship between Ireland and England will always be a complicated one until England releases her hold on our country. That old man in a pub in Camden reminded me that friends come in many forms.

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