And from the Northern Ireland point of view:
And here is a fine article "About Turn" by Mick Fealty on the Guardian's collective group blog, Comment is Free
The comment sections at both Slugger and comment is free are both illuminating as well- the strife may never be completely gone, but at least the discourse is becoming a bit more civil.
One comment served to remind me just how ridiculous our "occupation" of Iraq is:
Seriously though, the scale of British Army involvement in the Troubles was enormous, to match the level of garrisoning on a per capita basis that NI had at the peak of the Troubles Iraq would need to have five hundred thousand “coalition” forces and Afghanistan would need about fifty thousand more troops again. It shows just how much effort was required to keep the paddies down and correspondingly how little chance the current adventures in Iraq and Afghanistan have of succeeding.
Posted by Shay Begorrah
Jul 31, 2007