What's another (Irish) life?

An interesting letter to The (London) Times on April 7th may have escaped our readers' attention. Two very senior British Army officers suugested that British soldiers are in Ireland to shoot Irish people It was written by Generals Murray Naylor and David Scott-Barrett of the Scots Guards, the organisers of the campaign to free Scots Guards James Fisher and Mark Wright, who are serving a sentence for murdering an unarmed teenager from Belfast's New Lodge, Peter McBride.

Fisher and Wright "both acted in good faith, in pursuit of an operational policy laid down by the government" said the generals. "To be condemned to to an interminable period for carrying out orders seems to be grossly unfair."

Peter McBride was shot in the back.