Reports are flowing in that Irish terrorist and “politician”, Martin McGuinness has succumbed to a recent illness.
The man, revered by many but hated by more, has a formidable and rather dark history behind him.
During the height of The Troubles in Northern Ireland, McGuinness was Second in Command of the Derry/Londonderry brigade of the terrorist group known as the Irish Republican Army.
Under his command, the terrorist organisation carried out numerous killings and bombings, which targeted civilian locations and claimed the lives of many innocent men, women and children.
The most notable atrocity that McGuinness is reportedly responsible for is that of the Bloody Sunday catastrophe, where a civil rights movement was fired upon by British Soldiers, in which 14 men were killed.
Recent reports and eye-witness accounts presented in the Saville Inquiry, tell of how Martin McGuinness had fired a shot towards British Paratroopers, which ultimately led to retaliating fire and the event which is known today as ‘Bloody Sunday’.
These claims though were denied by McGuinness who blamed it on the British Army.
In recent years though, he set out on his political goals through political means and “abandoned” the use of violence.
Some say that this was just a political strategy. Others say he was sincere. And others say that he was merely trying to avoid prison and being held accountable for the murders and bombings he was responsible for.
A lesson can be learned here. That no matter how good or how evil you are, no matter if you try to run from or cover up your past, no matter how long you try to evade the consequences of your actions, no matter how powerful or how feeble you may be, death will always catch up.
And if, according to your belief system, you face judgement after you depart this existence, or if you’re bound to continuous reincarnation or reincarnate into a “lesser” life form as a result of your karmatic debt, justice will be served there.
But what we do know is that you will leave behind a legacy and a memory. Will you choose to leave behind a peaceful and positive memory where you have inflicted no harm upon another human? Or will you choose to leave behind pain, suffering and hatred, having inflicted death, harm and hurt upon hundreds of innocent people?