NORTHERN IRELAND: A Grim Scenario for Doomsday

Ulster's Protestant majority, dissatisfied with British government efforts to re-establish a system of power sharing with the Catholic minority, establishes its own autonomous provisional government in Belfast. The Catholics react with unparalleled fury, and the two sides join in open warfare. Disgusted with the unending civil strife and the continued $1 billion-a-year drain on its own anemic economy, Britain decides to call it quits in Northern Ireland and pulls out its 15,600 troops. Ulster Protestants, who outnumber the province's Catholics 2 to 1, quickly win the upper hand, forcing the intervention...

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