On Thursday night dissident republican gunmen fired at three PSNI vehicles driving up the Crumlin Road. They used automatic weapons and the vehicles were hit by a number of rounds. This was the attempted murder of police officers but thankfully none of them was wounded or killed.
It seems that the gunmen fired from within Ardoyne and were hidden behind a wall at Herbert Street, opposite the grounds of the Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church.
There is a certain irony about this terrorist attack.
Republicans, including dissident republicans, complain about traditional Orange tunes being played when loyal order parades pass Roman Catholic churches. Yet dissident republican gunmen have no problem attempting to murder police officers outside a Roman Catholic church! Obviously they regard a tune played by a band as a greater offence than attempted murder.
And Sinn Fein are in no position to moralise on this matter. During the course of their terrorist campaign the Provisional IRA murdered several people, including Mary Travers, as they were entering or leaving Roman Catholic churches.
The next time that republicans complain about parades passing Roman Catholic churches I am sure someone will remind them that there is a history of republican gunmen attempting to murder people outside Roman Catholic churches. Surely murder is a more serious matter than music?