John O’Sullivan argues that the McCartney women prove that whilst women can punch uncommonly hard in Northern Irish politics, “Adams and his consiglieri calculate they can survive this rebellion of ordinary Catholics as they survived earlier ones. Before the McCartney women, there were the “peace women” in 1976″. Whether or not you agree with his conclusion, it gets high marks for concision and wit:
Blair and Ahern demonstrate the melancholy outcome of the appeasement that the peace process has become. In the end the appeaser becomes so committed to the process of appeasement that he cannot hold the aggressor to account for his aggression. So, naturally, his aggression continues. Unless Blair and Ahern learn courage from the McCartney women and firmness from Bush, the Addams Family will continue to frighten, maim and murder for another decade or two.
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