NORTHERN IRELAND: Chance for Compromise

"The only thing they haven't done yet is eat the dead." So said a Belfast policeman last week, shortly before Ulstermen went to the polls in Northern Ireland to choose members of a provincial Assembly for the first time in four years. The voters were vividly reminded that sectarian enmity forces them to live in an armed camp. In expectation of an outbreak of terrorism, all leaves for policemen were canceled.

The 16,000-strong British army garrison was on full alert. Manning extra patrols and road checks, the soldiers frisked voters as they entered a polling place.

As results of the complicated...

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