Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Troubles, Revisited

The Express (U.K.) reports an explosive device detonated in Northern Ireland, in a failed apparent attempt to kill police who were patrolling in the area. This may be an indicator of a resumption of "the Troubles."

The so-called "troubles" were sectarian violence between Northern Ireland's Protestants and Catholics. The Protestants favor a continued association with Britain while the Catholics favor merging Northern Ireland with the southerly Republic of Ireland. The more numerous Protestants have carried the day, so far - the North remains part of the U.K.