NORTHERN IRELAND: Toward a Grim Millenary

A new wave of terrorism, in which seven died, put Northern Ireland on the verge of a grim and unwanted millenary last week. The fatalities raised the total number of people killed in the smoldering civil conflict since 1969 to 998. In addition, 28 were wounded in bombings by extremists of the Provisional Irish Republican Army that devastated Belfast and three other towns. The violence further threatened already fading hopes that a Catholic-Protestant coalition Cabinet inaugurated on Jan. 1 would finally bring to a halt the unrelenting agony of the province. In...

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