IRA Weapons Are Down; Focus Must Shift to Loyalists

In Civil Liberties, Economic Justice, Global War On Terror, International politics, Laws & Regulation, Misc., Northern Ireland, Progressive Politics, religion & politics, Terrorism, US Politics on October 4, 2006 at 8:28 am

The IRA has laid down its weapons and stopped recruiting, says a high-power British panel.  This situation “lays the basis” for a lasting peace, the commission reports.  I agree… if loyalist paramilitaries can also take these important steps.

That Ian Paisley, “the outspoken leader of militant Protestants in Northern Ireland and a vituperative critic of the Catholic Church,” was recently willing to meet with the powers-that-be of the Catholic Church, is a positive sign but there is certainly a long way to go.


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