Pipe Bombs in School Yards, Houses Shot Up – The Return of The Troubles?

Father’s shock after son picks up pipe bomb: “A father has spoken of his shock after his eight-year-old son picked up a pipe bomb in a school playground in Antrim.

Brendan Shannon, 8, from St Comgall’s Primary School lifted what police confirmed was a viable device and brought it into the classroom… (via BBC News.)

Shots are fired at Londonderry home: “Four masked men went to the house in Dove Gardens shortly before 2300 BST on Tuesday. A number of shots were fired at the door.

Two men were inside at the time, but neither was injured. A short time later, petrol bombs and other missiles were thrown at police officers investigating the incident… (via BBC News.)

This is not the first bad news from Northern Ireland in the past few months, but I was struck by the horrible symmetry of the return of Middle East peace talks and of what is increasingly feeling like a return of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. As I wrote before, these two sectarian conflicts – or perhaps conflicts over inadequate divisions of land – have been such constants in my life, and I would like to see at least one of them get resolved positively and definitively some day.


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