BRITAIN: A Stab at The Heart

BRITAIN: A Stab at The Heart

Prime Minister John Major had just convened a morning meeting of his gulf war cabinet at 10 Downing Street, when the room was rocked by an explosion that shattered the windows and sent some of the ministers scrambling under the table. Said Major with admirable sangfroid: "We had better begin again somewhere else."

Despite initial fears, the attackers turned out to be not Iraqi-sponsored terrorists but an older British adversary: the Irish Republican Army. The would-be assassins had parked a van 200 yds. from the Prime Minister's offices, then used a delayed-timing device to launch three mortar shells from the vehicle...

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