NORTHERN IRELAND: Renewal of a Vicious War

AFTER four years of civil unrest and more than 700 violent deaths, the troubles in Northern Ireland had seemed, for a few weeks at the beginning of the year, to be receding at last. The persistent and truculent tribalism that for so long had gripped that meanest corner of the British Isles seemed to be giving way if not to reason then to fatigue, or to an instinctive will on the part of the community to preserve something of itself.

But then, in two terrible weeks, the terrorism broke out again more savagely than ever. Once again Northern Ireland seemed to...

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