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100 years ago: ‘A cyclone of violence’

01 July 2022

June 30th, 1922.

An Irish Unionist politician was shot dead on his doorstep in Eaton Place, London, by IRA assassins.

SIR HENRY WILSON had served England well, perhaps saved her, by his brilliant gifts. He died as a soldier, facing the enemies of civilization. There is no crime more vile than that of political assassination, it is one which has stained Ireland deeply. It has never yet served any cause, it will not serve the Republicans now. Their blind hatred prevents them from seeing that violence does not terrorise, but only stiffens those against whom it is directed, and wins for them other support. In face of a crime so provocative there is one paramount need, that blind passion shall not possess in turn those against whom crime is directed. The assassins of Sir Henry Wilson have brought into greater danger than before every Roman Catholic in Belfast. Of the 92,00 Roman Catholics in Belfast, the overwhelming majority is peaceable enough. Yet their streets, and their houses in mixed streets, have continually been sacked and burned, the wards of the Mater Hospital in Belfast are said to be overflowing with women and children suffering from wounds of pistol or bomb. The city is caught in a cyclone of violence and reprisal. Sir Henry Wilson would willingly have given his life for the peace of Ireland; it is to be feared that this murder may lead to an even more bitter and ruthless war.

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