Legitimacy or effectiveness?

Interesting spin from Anne Applebaum at the Washington Post on the recent history of the current process, with quite deliberate parallels with the Middle East:

“British politicians resigned in protest against the Anglo-Irish Agreement, which wound up becoming the kernel of the current Irish peace settlement. Fifteen years after Thatcher’s brave and surprising decision, the IRA has been outflanked, and Ireland, while not wholly cured, is on the mend. Far from being the decision of a weak leader, sometimes it takes an unusually brave one to recognize the difference between legitimacy and effectiveness.”

Many thanks to Newshound for the link.