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Our challenge is to live in harmony together

Reading letters and comments on your page, I must say that I got a sense of unreality permeating the commentaries of our present critical system, agreed in the Good Friday Agreement as well as St Andrews.

Glee and dismay at possible outcomes of talks between republicans and unionists. Queries about unionists being ‘relegated’ (D North, Bangor).

Hopefuls such as ‘RMS’, who calls for those more interested in the economic needs of the ‘country’ (sic). And of course Willie Frazer, who has an almost supernatural capacity for identifying perpetrators of violence against RUC, B-Specials, RIR, UDR — indeed anyone unionist who was killed during our 35-year-old war.

Of course, from Mr Frazer’s point of view, no one else of importance (to him) suffered.

I honestly can say that the unreality, or even seeing our conflict as some sort of academic debating forum, needs to end. Acceptance of the hurt and loss has to become real — only then can we emerge from our metaphorical trenches and initially, tentatively, embrace our diversity.

I for one do not want to force Irishness down anybody’s throat.

And there lies our challenge: to live in harmony, accepting that my nationality and my neighbours while different are compatible.

A hard task for many and adds complications all around; but the rewards go for those most important to us — our children and their children — are beyond belief.

What we survivors have, as a task before us, is to create conditions which we ourselves might not see, but allow a better, more equal justice for them. A great challenge, but one which beats the heck out of those who want to fight past battles.



Belfast Telegraph