[Commonplace books: Thomas Farnaby, 17th-century]
There were never any strategic considerations at stake, like those in the Middle East, for example, nor did the killing ever approach the carnage or savagery of the Balkans or Rwanda. There were no oil fields or gold mines to be captured, or any ideology to be overthrown or vindicated. But the Troubles in Northern Ireland had one quality that marketed the violence there as special, and that was sheer length of the conflict -- that and the fact that no one could really see an end to it.
Posted by gethro on 05.29.2009
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