NORTHERN IRELAND: Reflections on Agony and Hope

Reflections on Agony and Hope

As chief of TIME's London Bureau, Correspondent Curt Prendergast has been reporting on the agony of Northern Ireland for more than four years. Last week he sent the following personal assessment of a brutal war that seems to have no end:

BY now the Ulster problem probably bores the world. It certainly exasperates the British. Senator Edward Kennedy notwithstanding, there is no imperial nostalgia left in England for this patch of Ireland-most Britons wish it would simply go away. So, too. do many Southern Irish. As a...

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