Tragically, the murder of young journalist and LGBT activist Lyra McKee may yet prove to be a watershed. It underlines the fragility of peace and the urgency for politicians on all sides to seize the initiative from those who have nothing to offer but despair and division.
I have to say I have been astonished at the tendentious claptrap in the online commentary from some people who would claim to be republicans. While avowedly not condoning what happened, they try to obscure its intrinsic evil by wrapping it in the context of their own one-dimensional ideological view of the world.
I may not have agreed with Lyra McKee on certain issues but I commend her courage and single-mindedness in pursuing her goals and above all in her commitment to peace, which has to be the foundation for all true reconciliation and progress. As the great Martin Luther King once said: “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”
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