Exactly What the World Needs: A Return of the Troubles
If I didn't know that the reaction, "Well, that part of the world's always been insane, what can you expect" is never a sufficient analysis of any political event, that would be my reaction to the news of the worst outbreak of sectarian violence in a decade in Belfast.
Police say 700 people took part in the melee on Tuesday night with police coming under a barrage of Molotov cocktails and other projectiles. Several shots were also fired and a photojournalist was hit by a bullet in the leg. A local politician told the BBC that another man suffered a fractured skull after being hit by a brick.
There were also gunshots fired during clashes on Monday night. Police are investigating the incident as an attempted murder. Some 500 people were thought to have taken part in the Monday night riots. Officials say the unrest started when masked members of the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF), a Protestant paramilitary group, attacked Catholic homes with bricks and fireworks.
Really inspiring comments posted underneath this account on Sky News, too:
Posted by: eastbelfastno1 on June 22, 2011 12:46 PMwell mick if you had to put up with the attacks night after night on innocent people would you stand for it and are community has a right to fight back the pira want a return to the old days they have had a bombing campaign going now for months leaving devices all over northern ireland in city centres were they are children and innocent people trying to get on with there lives so what should we do lye down and let it happen dont think so and the nationalists were the first to use fire arms they have fired more shots in two nights than we have and you want us to stand back and do nothing catch your self on
Well, isn't that depressing. This was supposed to be our model for the possibility of the resolution of this kind of sectarian conflict, wasn't it?