IRELAND: A Fateful Second Front

ON both sides of the Irish border last week, a new dimension was added to the violence. In Northern Ireland, the Irish Republican Army's militant "Provisional" wing brought out ominous new weaponry—Soviet-model rocket launchers—to fire at British military targets. In the Irish Republic to the south, the terror that the North has known for three years suddenly made its appearance. Car bombs went off outside a labor union hall and a Dublin department store, and a parcel bomb exploded in a late-night cinema. Two were killed, and over 140 injured.

The Dublin bombings, although immediately denied by the I.R.A., dramatically affected...

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