Yesterday, after 39 years, the British army left Northern Ireland, leaving security to the Police force. Mind you, these were “English against English” (Don’t ever say ( Brits against Brits”), what I am saying is it was a conflict not blurred by intense foreign occupation. Yes, the N.I. catholics will surely think differently. 39 years. I think a congratulation is appropriate. The other question of course is: what does this learn us regarding, say, Iraq? I do of course realize there are immense differences, one being oil, but the religious divide is certainly an issue in common.

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