Though it always will be with us, history does not force itself into our everyday consciousness, even if it irrevocably shapes attitudes. It is human that many positions are inherited rather than reached. Tribal cultures and communal mythologies prevail. Consensus clings. Some days history is like distant thunder, barely perceptible, not that proximate.
The Irish Government has said its thoughts "are with the families of those who were killed and injured" by the Bloody Sunday shootings after just one of 16 soldiers were told they face criminal charges over what happened.
Last September, Northern Ireland secretary Karen Bradley admitted that before she took up her post she was ignorant of the region’s divisions. She said she was unaware that nationalists did not vote for unionists or that unionists did not vote for nationalists.
Seven former paratroopers who are facing questioning over the Bloody Sunday shootings have asked leading judges in London to make an order preventing them from being arrested and taken to Northern Ireland to be interviewed by police.