In the Shadow of War is Hope for Peace

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Whatever the aims of the men who steered passenger planes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, peace wasnít one of them. But the shockwaves that rippled across the globe after the attacks on New York and Washington didnít just bring war. Last week they proved to have one unforeseen, positive effect as changing attitudes to terrorism helped push the faltering Northern Ireland peace process decisively forward.

After more than three years of waiting, John de Chastelain, the retired Canadian general charged with removing arms from the path to a settlement in Ulster, was able to...