Bloody Sunday and Queen Elizabeth II
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Some readers may raise an eyebrow for my commenting on the Bloody Sunday; maybe even more so after reading the last word of this article, yet this website deals heavily with topics as refugees and victims of state violence. Moreover, it deals also with topics as Walsinghamian states – of which Britain is the founder and leader – and with Israel, a former British colony which inherited the British government system. Eventually, I had no choice but to react to the Bloody Sunday Lord Saville Report, published on June 15, 2010. The report summarizes the investigation on the assassination (now we can use that word) of thirteen people in Londonderry (a reader pointed out that Nationalists in Northern Ireland and people in the Republic say 'Derry,' dropping the 'london') on Bloody Sunday (30 January 1972) by British army paratroopers. A fourteenth victim died soon afterwards. I won’t summarize the events here, they are too well known.
Shortly after its publication – on the same day – British Prime Minister David Cameron gave a very clear reaction. It is worth quoting some of it: "What happened on Bloody Sunday was both unjustified and unjustifiable. It was wrong,” and: "These are shocking conclusions to read and shocking words to have to say. But you do not defend the British army by defending the indefensible. " That was his reaction to Lord Saville words that some soldiers committed "unjustified and unjustifiable" shootings of unarmed and innocent civilians. “The conclusions of this report are absolutely clear. There is no doubt. There is nothing equivocal, there are no ambiguities, ” Cameron continued and summarized: "I am deeply sorry. " In other words the British government recognized having committed a crime against thirteen innocent people and their families. It took it more than 38 years. Was justice achieved?
In general terms, while speaking about “damages” in the legal world, the intention is “restitutio in integrum,” i.e. restoration to original condition. This guiding principle refers to direct expenses and the loss of future earnings attributable to the injury. Although monetary compensation cannot be directly equated with physical deprivation it is widely accepted as acceptable.
However, sometimes that’s not enough. Punitive damages are not awarded in order to compensate the plaintiff, but in order to reform or deter the defendant and similar persons from causing similar harm in the future. They are over and above the amount of compensatory damages and depend on the malice or intent of the act. In England and Wales they can be awarded due to oppressive, arbitrary or unconstitutional actions by the servants of government and where the defendant's conduct was calculated to make a profit for himself.
Now there is little doubt the British government performed oppressive, arbitrary and unconstitutional actions on the Bloody Sunday. Lord Saville said so. The victims deserve justice. But, can the British government give back even one second of the stolen lives? Just one of these stolen seconds…
I’m not a royalist; not even closely so, unless we are talking about the King of Kings, of whom we are expecting a triumphal return. Yet, monarchies make certain issues simple. Who is responsible for the crime? The British government recognized its responsibility. Britain’s sovereign is Queen Elizabeth II; to make things even simpler she was the queen also during the Bloody Sunday. The ultimate responsibility for the crime is hers.
I have learned this monarch also doubles as Supreme Governor of the Church of England. I suppose this means it is safe to assume she considers herself as a Christian. With all my respect, I want to ask you – oh, noble monarch – where exactly in the New Testament did you learn this type of behavior? Where did Jesus teach you to brutally kill you unarmed enemy? Noble monarch, I’m not too picky, just give me one citation. Just one and I’ll delete this article and publicly apologize to you.
You won’t find any such words. As you won’t find any words supporting your (after all you are sovereign, aren’t you? By the way, you can’t change the sunrise time even by one second, there goes your pseudo-sovereignty) ongoing rampage along and across the world, killing innocents for centuries in the name of non-existent freedoms and human rights.
Dear monarch, we are tired. We don’t believe your state-sponsored propaganda about human rights. We don’t believe your talks about democracy. We don’t trust your violent attempts to create Walsinghamian in the few free places left. We are tired of double-tongued, serpentine leaders.
“But what can one do? I’m bound by the parliament and hundreds of years of traditions…” I can imagine this noble monarch thinking along this line, if she was ever to read this article. That would be a self deception. Queen Elizabeth II, Monarch of the United Kingdom, Supreme Governor of the Church of England, this is your opportunity to show real leadership and to enter history as a great leader. Recognize the error and faults of your system and abdicate.
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