International

Is Northern Ireland Safe?

The question on every Northern Irishman’s mind: “Could the age-old grudge between Protestants and Catholics be spiraling into bloodshed again?” Two murders this week threaten to reopen old wounds. More than 3,000 people died in more than three decades known as “The Troubles” until a peace agreement in 1998 and the disarming of the IRA in 2005. The good news about the recent murders? The Wall Street Journal reports, “This month's killings, in contrast to those during The Troubles, have prompted an outpouring of grief from both sides, who are determined to see that there is no return to a cycle of violence.”