Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Surely the question we should all be asking is not why the security guards at the Massereene army base failed to shoot back at the Real IRA gunmen as they finished off wounded British soldiers but why they were there in the first place?

Surely soldiers from the British Army would make the best security guards at a British Army base?

Especially when a severe terrorist activity alert was in operation.

That way they’d have been armed with rifles – not pistols as the security guards were armed – and might have ensured a different outcome.

It sounds like the sad consequence of a cost-cutting exercise to me.

I’m just amazed that the guards were part of an official body and not just some oiks from some cowboy security outfit…


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