Escalation risks a deeper conflict, all sides must show restraint.
Well indeed. See also a leader who reckons you sit down with convicted IRA bombers two weeks after the IRA have tried to kill the Prime Minister. Let off some bombs, get a meeting with PM Jez.
The point is that the troubles ended with a negotiation, not an assassination.MisterMuncher wrote: ↑Sun Jul 21, 2019 10:47 pmOh, go on. Tell me. I'm fucking *fascinated*.
I mean, if you're somehow genuinely convinced that the Provisional Wing put the guns up because the MP for Islington told them it was the way forward, and not because P O'Neill decided it was probably a better idea in the long run and had been pretty much planning it from the arse end of the seventies, I've a lovely bridge I could sell you.
It's also a touchingly paternalist and post-colonial take on things to see. Took a good English peacenik to convince those silly Paddies to cut the nonsense, did it?
It was a combined effort of negotiation on the part of John Major and Tony Blair from the UK side and Bertie Ahern in RoI (with no little assistance from the Clinton Administration) which bought all the sides round the table.
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