Northern Ireland: Summit at Hillsborough Castle

An Anglo-Irish accord offers hope for an embittered province

In another part of the world, it would be called tribal warfare. In Northern Ireland, the shootings and the bombings that have taken more than 2,500 lives over the past 17 years are more primly referred to as "the troubles." The spasms of killing have followed the ebb and flow of ancient hates and fears that divide the British province's Protestant majority and its Roman Catholic minority. Because so many attempts to break the deadly cycle of attack and revenge have ended in failure, it is a wonder that political leaders still have the courage to try again, when even the...

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