Eric Waugh, now a columnist for the Belfast Telegraph, was a BBC correspondent for most of the troubles. He recalls two gruesome episodes from the early stages of the ‘war’ with great (and disturbing) clarity, the IRA’s firebombing of the La Mon House Hotel in which twelve people were incinerated. And one of the earliest atrocities, the UVF bombing of McGurk’s Bar in which 15 perished in the run up to Christmas 1971. He wonders whether in decommissioning military materiel the mindsets have also changed sufficiently to bring a lasting settlement and peace.
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