IRELAND: Aches and Pains

Like a boil on Britain's elbow is highly vulnerable, belligerently neutral Eire, too close for comfort across the Irish Sea. Like a carbuncle on Eire's neck are the six counties of Northern Ireland. Last week both ached and pained like fury.

The ache in Northern Ireland came from the thought of conscription. Presumably because of pressure from Eire, Britain so far has drafted none of her loyal Irish subjects, but last week Winston Churchill broadly hinted in the House of Commons that conscription for Northern Ireland might be on the way. To arms against bearing arms sprang Northern...

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