Posts About Northern Ireland
Blair should consider the lessons of his successful peace-making efforts in Northern Ireland and the failures of the Quartet's efforts to date in the Middle East, and re-launch a peace-making effort that includes all the principal parties in the talks. If Blair does convert to Catholicism, he should also remember the church's dictate on repentance.
I envy the Brits for having Tony Blair as their leader. Who could have believed that one day Protestant Rev. Ian Paisley and Catholic former terrorist Martin McGuinness would share a government after decades of bloodshed in Northern Ireland? Blair, one of the most impressive leaders of the 21st century, made it happen.
A negotiated settlement ended South African apartheid, as did former enemies talking to each other finally end the decades of bloodshed in Northern Ireland with a unity government this week. It is not realistic to have one standard of conflict resolution for the whole world, and another just for Israel.