WHILE I’m not convinced that the ‘lessons of Northern Ireland’ are directly applicable to other conflicts, there are some lovely turns of phrase in this article in Kenya’s Daily Nation. Here’s one: Essentially, the army in Northern Ireland prevented warmongers and brewers of hatred from annihilating each other. Meanwhile, they became civilised. Hopefully, a relapse to barbarism will remain on vacation. Then the remaining 5,000 British troops can just train and expect no more exceptionally stupid wars. One more: There’s no dispute the Northern Ireland government had little use for its Catholic citizens. Therefore, they went to the streets in the 1960s to demand rights even shaggy dogs deserve. Wonder if the shaggy dogs were the ones in the street?