Northern Ireland: Tit for Tat

Sinn Fein's leader is shot

When gunfire ripped through downtown Belfast last week, office workers on their lunch break responded with weary resignation, learned from years of living dangerously. For twelve days Irish Republican Army terrorists had gone on a shooting spree, gunning down five people. By the grim rules of Northern Ireland's religious warfare, it was time for militant Protestants to strike back. Still, when the counterattack came, it proved to be more than the usual random raid against Roman Catholics. This time the Protestants' target was Gerry Adams, 35, president...

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