An Incomplete, Unfinished Peace


  1. These problems in Ireland can be really frustrating. It is very difficult for an Englishman to have the patience with what seem to us rather primitive attitudes. Nevertheless, it is people’s safety that matters, and we must persevere with the road to peace, for everybody. An excellent post, thank you.


    1. Thanks, John.
      As a young boy more than 4 decades ago, I had learned about the Northern Ireland conflict through Leon Uris’ book: Trinity. It opened my eyes to the conflict’s many complexities, hence the need to view situations through different lenses. I used to wonder if there was any chance for the vicious cycle of violence to stop. Couldn’t find the answer then. Thought the situation in Belfast could only spiral downwards to a grave tragedy.
      I was wrong. There is guarded optimism for a more permanent peace to reign in Belfast now. Things are certainly looking more encouraging, John.


  2. Thank you for sharing this. My parents met doing peace work in N.I. in the late 70’s. He was Catholic, she was Protestant. They are living proof of peace, although they did leave Belfast in the 1980’s because the situation was so dire. I especially like what you wrote about listening. People are obsessed with being right, and being right is overrated. Learning to listen is the key to building understanding.

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    1. Thanks much, Paul! Your parents are indeed great exemplars of understanding and peace. I can almost imagine the difficulties they have had to go through. And I wish I could listen to their priceless tales of love in those tragic years of war. My best to them, dear friend.


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