Northern Ireland's civil war

I agree with the author that violence should not win over diplomacy. However, I feel for the Irish nationalists who want to be citizens of a united Ireland. It is my wish that the IRA put its driving motivation behind peaceful means in an attempt to be heard. The possibility of such a shift in action depends on whether the IRA is committed to its goal and is willing to try whatever it takes to reach it, or if it is violence itself to which the IRA is committed. Ryan Farrell, Santa Barbara, Calif.

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