When darkness falls tonight children of all ages will celebrate Halloween.
At some point, the American concept of “trick or treat” travelled across the Atlantic.
Sadly, in the North of Ireland, that innocent ultimatum from gleeful children will take a generation or two before it is not instantly associated with the slaughter of innocents.
The Greysteel massacre was probably just as General Kitson imagined it when he wrote Low Intensity Operations in 1970.
He theorised that a modern counterinsurgency army would use the “Counter Gang” to terrorise the section of the population that had produced the “terrorist”.
Loyalist gunman Stephen Irwin yelled “trick or treat” as he opened fire on the occupants of the “Rising Sun Bar”.
Last night was the 25th anniversary of that atrocity.
The bar was selected because it was frequented by Catholics.
Of course, Loyalists in the North do not just hate Catholics these days.
That was evidenced by what happened in Newtownards this week.
For people of the Islamic faith in that Ulster town, these images must be very distressing.
In recent years the hate against people of the Islamic faith has been ratcheted up in the Six Counties.
The case of Pastor McConnell flushed out plenty within the PUL community who thought his batshit crazy sermons to be perfectly reasonable.
Indeed, the then First Minister Peter Robinson defended the anti-Islamic preacher.
Although, in fairness, the DUP leader said that he would trust a Muslim to go to the shops for him!
Pastor McConnell was subsequently cleared in court of committing any criminal offence.
In Fair Caledonia and in the North East of this country the klan kulchurr presents an ongoing social problem for decent society.
There are many thousands of people socialised to believe in this Herrenvolk shit.
Every time the basket of assets puts on a show of sporting mediocrity The People fondly remember a chap who was actually a card-carrying member of the KKK.
When the Ibrox crowd sing “the Billy Boys” they are the klan, although they recoil like wounded snowflakes when that term is used.
The poor dears.
After all, they’re only singing about being up to their knees in blood.
Of course, in the Glasgow of Billy Fullerton’s era, it was the Catholic Irish who would play the role of the oppressed blacks of the Deep South.
That subculture is still extant in the Six Counties and in Scotland.
That is why an organisation like Call It Out is so desperately needed in Scotland 2018.
Now, that truly is scary.