As many as 13 civilians were shot dead by British paratroopers in Northern Ireland on 30 January, 1972 during a civil rights march, and the outcome of a 12-year-long inquiry into the carnage was published last week. Bono, who wrote U2's anthem 'Sunday Bloody Sunday' about the incident, stated that the report's publication marks an extraordinary day for Ireland.
In a column for the New York Times, he wrote, "One of the most extraordinary days in the mottled history of the island of Ireland was witnessed on both sides of the border last Tuesday," reports the Daily Star.
"Healing is kind of a corny word but it's peculiarly appropriate here; wounds don't easily heal if they are not out in the open. The Saville report brought openness - clarity - because at its core, it accorded all the people involved in the calamity their proper role," he wrote.
Bono has also admired the Prime Minister Cameron for attending the aching issues, writing, "Thirty-eight years did not disappear in an 11-minute speech - how could they, no matter how eloquent or heartfelt the words?" he added, "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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