Ireland's Photo Finish

Every picture tells a story — even if some people don't want it told. An historic peace agreement in Northern Ireland seemed at hand last week but then fell apart, apparently over the issue of photographing the disposal of I.R.A. weapons. Democratic Unionist leader Ian Paisley, 78, insisted that pictures must be taken of the destruction of weaponry that republicans have hoarded since their cease-fire was announced a decade ago. The I.R.A. refused, saying Paisley would use the pictures to "humiliate" them. The standoff was particularly frustrating for British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who has been to Belfast 33 times in...

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