David Quinn: It's right to ask if justice for victims of the Troubles will cost too much
The Troubles always loom large when leaders of Britain and Ireland meet
Is it possible to pay too high a price for justice? That is the basic question we are confronted by after Northern Ireland's Attorney General, John Larkin, called for an end to prosecutions for Troubles-related killings before the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.
The fact that he is referring only to Troubles-related killings tells its own story. He is not suggesting that 'civilian' crime committed before that date should not be prosecuted. He is putting Troubles-related killings in their own special category and asking that for them the normal rules of justice be suspended.