Normally on a Sunday morning, I catch some news before I head out to church, but this morning I missed the radio updates. I was shocked, therefore, to hear that two soldiers were murdered, probably by Republican Dissidents last night at Massereene Barracks in Antrim town. A return to the bad old days of terrorism and murder.
My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the murdered soldiers, and also with the injured soldiers and pizza delivery men.
Please God, that we don't return to the days of murder and evil.
Sadly, it was looking increasingly likely that they would 'get lucky.' Terry Spence, from the Police Foundation said on Radio Ulster that if the republican terrorists had been successful in their recent murder bids, then 45 police officers would have died. Now, though, they have targeted the army, in a cruel, heartless, cowardly attack. It's encouraging at least to see the leadership of Sinn Fein calling for people to help with the police investigation, and (eventually) condemning the murderers.
Will the murders succeed in taking us backwards, or will they be counter-productive to the terrorist agenda and stir up our community to continue to build peace? Time will tell.