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BATTLE OF THE TITANS The peace process could grind to a halt if Paisley, left, wrests the unionist leadership from Trimble, right

Somewhere in Ireland last week, the Irish Republican Army got rid of a cache of weapons as international inspectors looked on. The move was meant to impress pro-British unionists in Northern Ireland and revive their appetite for sharing power with Irish nationalists, as the province heads toward November elections. British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his Irish counterpart, Bertie Ahern, flew into Belfast for the occasion. But this careful choreography was replaced with chaos after the I.R.A., apparently to avoid the appearance of surrender, allowed the inspectors to release only the barest facts about the disposal and nothing at all about...

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