NORTHERN IRELAND: Proves on the Run

Armored cars and tanks and guns.

Came to take away our sons.

The Catholic ballad, written at the time of the Ulster government's first internment of Irish Republican Army suspects a year ago, seemed especially pertinent again. Northern Ireland was still shaking from the I.R.A. Provisional Wing's "Bloody Friday" assault on Belfast (TIME, July 31). Last week British soldiers took the offensive. Discarding the army's "low profile" policy, troops invaded such Catholic strongholds as Belfast's Andersonstown and Ballymurphy districts and rounded up hundreds of men for questioning. Giant bulldozers ripped through the...