Another morning and after Mark Quinsey and Patrick Azimkar, another victim of terrorism for a wife, children and Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom to mourn.
One thing which Gordon Brown said stuck in my mind on Sunday, the murderers will be caught. If Northern Ireland is to have any chance at becoming a normal decent society, where policemen aren't gunned down answering a distress call, then obviously the murderers will have to be caught.
I would love to be confident of that becoming recognised universally as an undeniable *fact*, I really would. But after those atrocities of the past and those which occured post the Belfast Agreement, we heard exactly the same promises, promises which weren't delivered mainly for reasons of political expediency. The "micro-groups", basically Adam's Bastard Children, don't operate in some micro-alternative universe, they come from exactly the same housing estates, neighbourhoods, villages and towns as the original IRA. And the reason the original IRA, the original Adam's bastards, were able to operate, almost with impunity, even after committing such crimes as La Mon was that they continued to have enough support within those housing estates, neighbourhoods etc to make the effective military action required against them politically inexpedient. If the Real/Continuity IRA enjoys even 10% of that tacit support enjoyed by the *real* IRA, then exactly those same rules of political expediency will apply. All the Stormont debates in the world, all the (genuine) outpouring of "cross-community" grief won't change the fact in whose court the ball now very firmly lies.