The Troubles

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 24 February 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:515
  1. Liam Farrell

    Why did those young men have to die so cruelly? Did they ever ask for martydom? Who decided that they should die for Ireland? As ever, the individual tragedy has become obscured by the terrible implications of the act.

    We had in a strange way grown used to the Troubles; we didn't know any better. But now we do, and we have had a short, bittersweet period of peace.

    We remember all too clearly what Ulster was like only 18 months ago. The Troubles were a really awful, dreadful time: young lives from all sides of the community being wasted, a culture of hopelessness and despair being created.

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