What was it all for, Ian?Oct 10th, 2006 | By Ian Poulton | Category: Ireland
“So the slide is on. The downgrade is about. Well thank God my Saviour still reigns. It says He is consuming Antichrist. At this very moment what does He consume the Antichrist with? With the Words of His mouth, the Power of His Holy Word, for
He will destroy him, with the words of His mouth, He will consume him and He will destroy him with the brightness of His coming.
One day that old hoary
Anyone who lived in
And what has it been all about? What were three decades of violence and bloodshed and slaughter and carnage all about? The great demagogue, the man who will have no truck with liberals, or ecumenists, or Romanists, sat down yesterday with the Archbishop. The man whose rhetoric shaped the bullets for others to fire, suddenly does what would have been the reasonable thing to do forty years ago.
The men and women of integrity in the North, those men who sought to build peace, those who tried to follow the path Jesus and of reconciliation, had to endure years of vilification and insults from the so called “big man”. Where I served as curate, the local follower of the champion of anti-Popery used to take out half page advertisements in the local newspaper denouncing the
What was it all for? I read once that in the days before the violence broke out he had young Bernadette in his house; she sat with the tea in a china cup balanced on her knees. Would it have been too much then for the man to have had some humility and to accept that others also had their beliefs and convictions?
What was it all for? My mind wanders to David McKittrick’s huge book “Lost Lives”, an account of each and every person lost in the thirty odd years of violence. Lost for what? When yesterday’s television pictures showed the moment that was coming with or without him, those whose pain never goes away must have wondered at what they saw.
What was it all for, Ian?