"We planned to grow old together" - the tearful words of the shattered widow of Constable Stephen Carroll. Once again we see the faces of the wife, family, and friends of another brave man as he leaves our sight in another shocking event which someone believed would bring their vision of a "united" Ireland nearer. If they would look at his medals, consider his years of dedicated service to his / their country, would they think again? Do they really believe that it would be worthwhile living in a blood-soaked country brought about by such actions? Can they learn nothing from the past? Are we wasting our time even expecting such people to be rational? Stephen Carroll should have had the pleasure of personally passing those medals on to future generations as he and Kate grew old together.