NORTHERN IRELAND: Waiting for the Explosion

"We've blown ourselves all the way back to the time of the Troubles, the period from 1912 to 1920. We're in a state of total flux. The sorcerer's apprentice started the water flowing, and now we are all going to be swept along with it." Hyperbolic as it sounded, that statement by one leading Ulster Protestant was a grimly accurate assessment of Northern Ireland's current situation. With the collapse of the moderate Protestant-Catholic coalition and the imposition once again of direct rule from London, the future of the province was bleaker than...

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