NORTHERN IRELAND: May God Avert His Eyes

Reliving the past, often its worst chapters, seems to be a specialty of Northern Ireland. Six years ago this month, a company of British soldiers was rushed into Londonderry to put down bloody riots that raged out of control after Protestant Ulstermen had staged their traditional Apprentice Boys of Deny Parade; the occasion commemorates a group of young apprentices who, on Aug. 12, 1689, closed the city gates and prevented Londonderry's fall to the troops of the exiled Catholic King James II. During the 1969 march, taunts were traded with Catholics from the Bogside area that adjoins the parade...

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