U2 singer Bono shared his thoughts on British Prime Minister David Cameron apologizing for the “unjustified and unjustifiable” killing of 14 civil rights marchers by British soldiers in Derry 38 years ago, in what has since been dubbed ‘Bloody Sunday’ and was what spurred the Irish rock band to write ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’ for their 1983 album ‘War’. Bono writes:
It was inconceivable to many that a Tory prime minister could manage to get these words out of his mouth. It was also inconceivable — before he uttered the carefully minted phrasing — that he would be listened to by a hushed crowd gathered in Guildhall Square in Derry, a place not famous for its love of British leaders of any stripe, and that he would be cheered while speaking on specially erected screens that earlier had been used to relay images from the World Cup.
Thirty-eight years did not disappear in an 11-minute speech — how could they, no matter how eloquent or heartfelt the words? But they changed and morphed, as did David Cameron, who suddenly looked like the leader he believed he would be. From prime minister to statesman.
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