>> 18 Feb 2004


It is very sad to read of the spiralling increase in suicides in North Belfast, making it the suicide capital of Europe, as the Belfast Telegraph puts it. Every death must cause unimaginable pain for the families concerned. The truth of the matter is that areas like North Belfast have been taken over by the paramilitary mafiosa, the rules of the gang prevail, and the rule of law has long since ceased to mean anything. Ceding ground to terrorists is an affront to society, but most of all it is the people amongst whom the terrorists live that suffer the most. What is needed in North Belfast is for the police to ensure that paramilitaries are driven to despair through zero-tolerance policing. Until the Government grasp this, it is young people who will be driven to despair or worse.


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