The World: Northern Ireland: The Children's War

THE Irish Republican Army, wrote Playwright Sean O'Casey in 1967, has "always had two divisions—those who carried bread in one hand and a gun in the other: and those who carried a gun in one hand and a lily in the other—the realist and the romantic." In Northern Ireland last week, the most militant members of the outlawed I.R.A. were carrying neither bread nor lilies, but only guns. Worse, they were using small children in their battles. As Belfast erupted in its worst violence since the 1969 riots between the Protestant majority and the...

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