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« Topic Start: July 31, 2007, 08:57:38 am »

After 38 years of enforcing the peace in troubled Northern Ireland, the British military is turning over all policing duties to the local police as of midnight tonight. Can it finally be over? The Troubles in Northern Ireland started when I was 12. It would be wonderful if folks there have finally been able to make peace with each other. I have my fingers crossed that hot heads on both sides will continue to be sat on by the majority.

The British army's longest continuous military operation comes to an end at midnight tonight when responsibility for security in Northern Ireland passes to the police.
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« Reply #1: August 01, 2007, 02:01:25 am »

The Troubles in Northern Ireland started when I was 12.
Heh... and that wasn't even really the start, that was a re-stirring after a long lull.

The news from N. Ireland has been steadily-increasingly hopeful for a few years now, so I can believe this might be, if not the end, then a major landmark along the way.  At one time I was convinced that there was too much of a culture of conflict and hostility for there to be much hope.  From what I've seen, the impetus of change came from way down in the grassroots - women sick of seeing their fathers, brothers, husbands, and sons injured, killed, or jailed; teenagers who'd made friends across the orange/green line and didn't want to fight those friends, etc - I've deeply admired those grassroots activists for some time now.

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« Reply #2: August 01, 2007, 02:09:59 am »

After 38 years of enforcing the peace in troubled Northern Ireland, the British military is turning over all policing duties to the local police as of midnight tonight. Can it finally be over?

My best wishes to all parties involved, on both sides so peace will remain and friendships will grow.
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« Reply #3: August 01, 2007, 08:18:30 am »

Heh... and that wasn't even really the start, that was a re-stirring after a long lull.

True. I'm hoping that this lull will be permanent. ::fingers crossed::
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« Reply #4: August 01, 2007, 11:08:48 am »

My best wishes to all parties involved, on both sides so peace will remain and friendships will grow.

Exactly. I try to stay away from the subject because a rant on some people's stupidity from an ex-brit with a father from Belfast helps no-one - but I would very much like to finally see real peace there.
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« Reply #5: August 01, 2007, 02:17:33 pm »

After 38 years of enforcing the peace in troubled Northern Ireland, the British military is turning over all policing duties to the local police as of midnight tonight. Can it finally be over? The Troubles in Northern Ireland started when I was 12. It would be wonderful if folks there have finally been able to make peace with each other. I have my fingers crossed that hot heads on both sides will continue to be sat on by the majority.

I join you in the crossed fingers as it would be nice to finally have peace in that area of the world.  The people have earned a rest from the conflict.
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« Reply #6: August 01, 2007, 05:25:14 pm »

Heh... and that wasn't even really the start, that was a re-stirring after a long lull.

The news from N. Ireland has been steadily-increasingly hopeful for a few years now, so I can believe this might be, if not the end, then a major landmark along the way.  At one time I was convinced that there was too much of a culture of conflict and hostility for there to be much hope.  From what I've seen, the impetus of change came from way down in the grassroots - women sick of seeing their fathers, brothers, husbands, and sons injured, killed, or jailed; teenagers who'd made friends across the orange/green line and didn't want to fight those friends, etc - I've deeply admired those grassroots activists for some time now.

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It also helps that the economy in Ireland, both parts, has picked up in the last 10 or 15 years.  Of course I don't think Ireland had ever really tried to shoot itself in the foot unlike some other places of perenial conflict.
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« Reply #7: August 01, 2007, 11:55:20 pm »

It also helps that the economy in Ireland, both parts, has picked up in the last 10 or 15 years.  Of course I don't think Ireland had ever really tried to shoot itself in the foot unlike some other places of perenial conflict.
You've got something there, Peter.  Nothing like having plenty of good-paying jobs around, to dry up the pool of angry alienated young rebels.

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« Reply #8: August 02, 2007, 10:12:07 am »

You've got something there, Peter.  Nothing like having plenty of good-paying jobs around, to dry up the pool of angry alienated young rebels.

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Especially with a lot of the struggle being economic based as much as political. Religion has been the dividing point, but theology (instead of politics assoicated with religion allegiance) has always been a third or fourth tier issue.
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