Monday, March 26, 2007

9 Years on in Northern Ireland

"It’s the triumph of normal politics." So said a British governmental spokesman today, referring to what actually finally be a permanent settlement in Northern Ireland. And it's been almost a decade coming, after the 1998 Good Friday agreements.

There's a lesson in this, very much the same lesson we should learn from Bosnia, which has finally turned a corner over the last few years. The permanent resolution of ethic of sectarian conflict takes time. The secret, more than anything else, is patience. Wait long enough and the wounds begin to close.
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