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Just pawns in an elaborate game of chess

Most people in Northern Ireland never wanted fighting. Most were concerned about job security, having money to do the things they wanted to do, seeing a future for their children.

The minority involved in fighting had their reasons and grievances. But it was always a minority war, partly manipulated, too.

And why did the Troubles diminish to what we have today? I think there is a link to the many wars abroad which Britain is involved in. The growing power of the European Union may have made the fight irrelevant too.

And maybe people are realising that violence breeds more violence and that, maybe, they are pawns in some elaborate game they won't win. Unless they see the game for what it is.


Hillsborough, Co Down

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