Martin McGuinness is a terrorist, who was once an senior Irish Republican Army commander, in Londonderry. He was in this role when Lord Mountbatten, the Queen's cousin was killed by an IRA bomb in the Republic of Ireland. Lord Mountbatten privately supported a united Ireland.
Mr McGuinness with a gun
In fact, as a letter to The Belfast Telegraph pointed out, he is in fact guilty of war crimes. As the letter says: ''Article 147 of the Fourth Geneva Convention defines war crimes as: 'Wilful killing, torture or inhuman treatment, including ... wilfully causing great suffering, or serious injury, to body, or health''
But now, the former terrorist is Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland. He takes that position while Democratic Unionist MP Peter Robinson takes position of First Minister in the bizarre 'diarchy'. In this form of government there are two heads of state, one a loyalist and one a republican who have equal power.
Today, in Belfast, Mr McGuinness met with the Queen, a historic occasion. Though it would be better if he was in prison for the war crimes he has committed. One example of his activities was in 1973, when he was arrested with 113kg of explosives and 5,000 rounds of ammounition. At the time he told Court ''I am a member of Óglaigh na hÉireann and very, very proud of it''. Further allegations have been made of his involvement with Republican groups and the murder of innocent people.
One thing this does show, is how gracious Her Majesty is.