Northern Ireland: A War That Will Not End

A War That Will Not End

Not since 1982 has Northern Ireland been so besieged by terrorism. The I.R.A. opened its latest campaign with a spate of bombings in November that severely damaged parts of the center of Belfast. Since then, more buildings have been bombed, and there has been an upsurge in murders by the I.R.A., as well as by Ulster loyalist extremists. The bombings have spread to London, Manchester and other British cities.

For Ulsterites, whose mood fluctuates between fear and defiance, the resurgence of violence is all the more demoralizing because only a few months ago they were confident the worst was over. Now,...

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