Today, I felt a moment of joy towards all humanity. Now, the question is, is it true this time? Do they mean it? If so, why now?
The history of the past decade in Northern Ireland is littered with I.R.A. statements which we were told would be historic,’ said Ian Paisley, a firebrand leader of the Democratic Unionists, the dominant Protestant political force. ‘These same statements were followed by the I.R.A. reverting to type and carrying out more of its horrific murders and squalid criminality.
“This may be the day on which, finally, after all these false dawns and dashed hopes, peace replaced war, politics replaces terror on the island of Ireland,” Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain said in a televised statement in London.
Let’s be hopeful, what do you say?