Which is it? Its both as far as I am concerned. There is no doubt the Volunteers had their human rights violated. A very large document was available online, the report of the European Court of Human Rights. The SAS were brutal. At Drumnakilly an SAS operative jumped up on the bonet, then onto the roof of the target car, and fired about fifty rounds into the sunroof in some act of sick bravado.
Some of the families of the Volunteers and indeed their comrades fully accept they were in a state of war and as such was just a bad day for the Army. But its the circumstances in/by which they were killed that becomes an issue.
I think anyone who argues that there was no shoot to kill policy at Loughgall is seriously delluded.
And just to add, no one in the Republican movement subscribes to the claims of fire over the water at Warrenpoint - that never happened. Just to clarify.
So why is there a republican mural showing " volunteers" firing down on the scene at warrenpoint?
If we accept the republican claims the PIRA were soldiers in a war, then they are guilty of warcrimes, ie deliberatly targetting civilans.
"While 1978 saw a decrease in terrorist activity it also saw their violence sink to a new low, with the murder of a father and daughter. The vicious murder of William Gordon, on February 8th 1978 shocked the country. A part time UDR lance-corporal aged 41 married with 3 children, was murdered along with his ten year old daughter Leslie when an IRA booby trap bomb blew up underneath his car. His seven year old son Richard was blown out of the vehicle onto the footpath. This shows the real face and nature of Francis Hughes – Hughes the child killer. In his crazed spree of terror he gave no regard for life whether that of an elderly lady or a young child, to him they were legitimate targets in a campaign fuelled by sectarian hatred."
What about these childrens human rights? why do demos or campaigns for their justice by republicans? is it because it was ok for republicans to murder, but if shot in the process it became a human rights violation, how cowardly.
As for south Armagh, it was never a no go zone for the British army, this is another lie, the area had more troops based there then any other part of the north.