While not admitting to any particular truth, Gerry Adams, Martin McGuinness and many in Sinn Fein's leadership might honestly join in a chorus of the Louis Armstrong song 'Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen'.
It seems the reunification of Ireland was not the holy grail of Sinn Fein's long inglorious odyssey. It is the installation at Stormont of David Ford, a unionist with a small 'u', as minister for policing and justice.
So is it to end, not with a bang, but a whimper?
Why not aim a bit higher by opting for a nationalist with a capital 'N' like Alban Maginness?