The Crying Game

After decades of bloodshed and tears, there is still no end in sight to Ulster's agony

Like a revenger's tragedy, the violence in Northern Ireland never goes unanswered. On a Saturday afternoon two weeks ago, Thomas Begley, a 23-year- old I.R.A. member, walked into Frizzell's fish shop on the Shankill Road in Belfast carrying a Semtex bomb that exploded, probably prematurely. Nine Protestants, including Michelle Baird, 7, and Leanne Murray, 13, were killed -- along with Begley himself. The reply came three days later at 7:30 a.m. Two Protestant gunman fired long bursts from automatic weapons into a group of city sanitation workers in largely Roman Catholic West Belfast. Two Catholic men were killed; five others were...

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