As it is, it is now official that we (the United Kingdom) committed a great wrong in Northern Ireland and David Cameron was therefore right to say sorry. Like him I was brought up to respect the establishment, to respect the institutions in this country. Likewise it grieves me when it becomes clear that there are times, like today, when it is obvious that some who represented us as a country committed a great wrong.
Should those responsible be punished? I don't know, to be honest, as angry as I am about it I think not. It would mean being fair and prosecuting those responsible for a whole series of other atrocities committed during the Troubles by both sides and given the volatility of the situation that will lead us all onto a dangerous path.
But I would like to see some kind of prosecution take place, minus sanction, but if anything the threat of that happening is sanction enough. I'd wager those soldiers involved are very nervous right now, for fear of what may happen if their identities ever come out.
But the real finger of justice should point at whoever gave orders for the Para Regiment to go in. This regiment is like the SAS in that it does not mess about and they were the wrong unit to send in to deal with a peaceful demonstration (although there is the question of the fact an IRA Unit involving Martin McGuinness was nearby) and therefore I wonder what the man who gave that order is feeling now, if he is still alive!