Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Bloody Sunday, Douglas Murray

On 30 January 1972, the British Army carried out the worst massacre of British citizens since Peterloo in 1819.  The half hour beginning just before 4pm on that afternoon must have been picked over at greater length and in greater detail than any other similar time period in human history - with the possible exception of the JFK assassination.

This book is a study of Bloody Sunday and the Saville Inquiry that was set up by the Blair government to investigate what happened on that afternoon.  Its author, Douglas Murray, is a well-known neoconservative opponent of Islamist terrorism.  However, Murray succeeds in giving us a mostly dispassionate and judicious account of the events of 30 January 1972 and the protracted attempts that were made to elucidate them.