NORTHERN IRELAND: Cursed Be the Peacemakers

Over the past two months, Betty Williams and Mairead Corrigan have been trying to work a miracle in Northern Ireland. Sickened by the deaths of three children crushed by a wayward I.R.A. getaway car (TIME, Sept. 6), the two women raised a cry for peace that has brought 200,000 Roman Catholics and Protestants to demonstrations—together—to demand an end to seven years of sectarian bloodshed.

Last week in Turf Lodge, a Catholic ghetto of Belfast that is also a bastion of the Irish Republican Army, the women's peace movement suffered its first serious setback. Arriving...