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Dissecting North agreement for all it's worth

A CENTRAL fear among those who support the objectives of the Belfast Agreement is, and has always been, that the agreement would become just another means for pursuing the same old struggle, between unionism and nationalism. As a result, the historic compromise between these two opposed forces would in due course disintegrate.

Most people would argue that this position is clearly to be preferred over any that involves continued violence. Whether it works in harmony or disharmony, the old quarrel continued by tribal leaders using legal rhetoric and academic proxies is infinitely preferable to the use of bombs and bullets.

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