Ireland: Unseemly Cheer

A party praises terrorism

The 600 delegates who gathered in Dublin's 18th century Mansion House for the annual conference of Sinn Fein, the political wing of the Irish Republican Army, were exuberant. Reason: the I.R.A.'s success in planting the Brighton hotel bomb that last month almost killed British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and left four people dead and 34 injured. "Far from being a blow against democracy," thundered Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams from a platform flanked by huge posters of the devastated hotel, "it was a blow for democracy." Adams termed the bombing "an inevitable result of the...

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