We can't let guard down
Dissident "republicans", better described as criminals or terrorists, have scored a minor success. By threatening the life of a young Limerick man, they have prevented him from coming home for Christmas.
What can they hope to achieve by this mean and cowardly act beyond the chance to swagger more blatantly in the streets of the city to which they have done so much harm? They have threatened a man simply for joining the British army.
But hundreds of thousands of Irishmen have done that down the ages. And Ireland and Britain are at peace. There are no British troops on Irish streets: those who remain in Northern Ireland are in garrisons.